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Author: Author's name as listed in Library of Congress records
Ainu life and lore: echoes of a departing race
Published By: Original publisher
Tokyo: Kyobunkwan. 1927. xii, 448 p. ill.
By line: Author's name as appearing in the actual publication
[by] John Batchelor
HRAF Publication Information: New Haven, Conn.:
Human Relations Area Files, 2009. Computer File
Culture: Culture name from the Outline of World Cultures (OWC) with the alphanumberic OWC identifier in parenthesis.
Subjects: Document-level OCM identifiers given by the anthropology subject indexers at HRAF
General character of religion (771);
Personal grooming (302);
Spirits and gods (776);
External relations (648);
Cult of the dead (769);
Revelation and divination (787);
Verbal arts (5310);
Abstract: Brief abstract written by HRAF anthropologists who have done the subject indexing for the document
This document contains Ainu ethnographic data and an
extensive sample of their myths, legends and folk tales. It is based on the author's
observations and experiences among the Ainu people for about fifty years as an English
missionary. This document provides a rich document to analyze ethnopsychology (especially
their conception of self, scapegoat mechanism) and religion (their theory of supernaturals,
relationshipp of men to supernaturals, their religious practices, eschatology, etc.) The
author presents the folklore in the native social context and in a narrative style. He
introduces his informants in length and their attitudes and reactions toward their stories.
His own views and 'bias' are also stated explicitly. Thus, the style of writing enhances
the objectivity and the usability of data for research.
Document Number: HRAF's in-house numbering system derived from the processing order of documents
Document ID: HRAF's unique document identifier. The first part is the OWC identifier and the second part is the document number in three digits.
Document Type: May include journal articles, essays, collections of essays, monographs or chapters/parts of monographs.
Language: Language that the document is written in
Field Date: The date the researcher conducted the fieldwork or archival research that produced the document
Evaluation: In this alphanumeric code, the first part designates the type of person writing the document, e.g. Ethnographer, Missionary, Archaeologist, Folklorist, Linguist, Indigene, and so on. The second part is a ranking done by HRAF anthropologists based on the strength of the source material on a scale of 1 to 5, as follows: 1 - poor; 2 - fair; 3 - good, useful data, but not uniformly excellent; 4 - excellent secondary data; 5 - excellent primary data
Analyst: The HRAF anthropologist who subject indexed the document and prepared other materials for the eHRAF culture/tradition collection.
Hesung Chun Koh ; 1962
Coverage Date: The date or dates that the information in the document pertains to (often not the same as the field date).
Coverage Place: Location of the research culture or tradition (often a smaller unit such as a band, community, or archaeological site)
LCSH: Library of Congress Subject Headings