Izikowitz, Karl Gustav, 1903-1984. Fastening the soul: some religious traits among the Lamet (French Indochina)

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Author: Author's name as listed in Library of Congress records

Title: Fastening the soul: some religious traits among the Lamet (French Indochina)

Published in: if part or section of a book or monograph Compass for fields afar: essays in social anthropology, by Karl Gustav Izikowitz ; edited by Göran Aijmer

Published By: Original publisher Compass for fields afar: essays in social anthropology, by Karl Gustav Izikowitz ; edited by Göran Aijmer Göteborg, Sweden: Acta Universitatis Gothoburgensis. 1985. 212-257 p. ill.

By line: Author's name as appearing in the actual publication Karl Gustav Izikowitz

HRAF Publication Information: New Haven, Conn.: Human Relations Area Files, 2020. Computer File

Culture: Culture name from the Outline of World Cultures (OWC) with the alphanumberic OWC identifier in parenthesis. Rmeet (AM28)

Subjects: Document-level OCM identifiers given by the anthropology subject indexers at HRAF General character of religion (771); Animism (774); Animism (774); Cosmology (772); Cult of the dead (769); Organized ceremonial (796); Prayers and sacrifices (782); Clans (614); Tillage (241); Cereal agriculture (243); Division of labor by gender (462); Burial practices and funerals (764); Shamans and psychotherapists (756); Magic (789); Spirits and gods (776); Public structures (344); Sacred objects and places (778); Inter-community relations (628); Avoidance and taboo (784);

Abstract: Brief abstract written by HRAF anthropologists who have done the subject indexing for the document Rmeet (Lamet) religion recognizes several spirits and supernatural beings believed to reside in human body parts, particular locations within villages, certain crops (most notably rice) and animals, and some natural features and entities. This essay discusses the centrality of such spirits and “souls” in shaping seasonal farming practices, organized rituals, settlement patterns, inter-village relations, burial rituals, clan totems, and other aspects of life at the family and community levels. The Rmeet also recognize certain religious personalities believed to help families and villages deal with malevolent spirits and souls through a combination of sacrificial appeasements and preventive magic.

Document Number: HRAF's in-house numbering system derived from the processing order of documents 4

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. am28-004

Document Type: May include journal articles, essays, collections of essays, monographs or chapters/parts of monographs. Essay

Language: Language that the document is written in English

Field Date: The date the researcher conducted the fieldwork or archival research that produced the document May 1937-January 1938

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 Anthropologist-5

Analyst: The HRAF anthropologist who subject indexed the document and prepared other materials for the eHRAF culture/tradition collection. Teferi Abate Adem

Coverage Date: The date or dates that the information in the document pertains to (often not the same as the field date). 1937-1938

Coverage Place: Location of the research culture or tradition (often a smaller unit such as a band, community, or archaeological site) Luang Namtha, Oudômxai, and Bokèo provinces, Laos

LCSH: Library of Congress Subject Headings Lamet (Laotian people)

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