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Author: Author's name as listed in Library of Congress records
Dentan, Robert Knox, 1936-
Some Senoi Semai dietary restrictions: a study of food
behavior in a Malay hill tribe
Published By: Original publisher
Ann Arbor, Mich.: University Microfilms International.
1988. 10, 575 leaves ill., map
By line: Author's name as appearing in the actual publication
Robert Knox Dentan
HRAF Publication Information: New Haven, Conn.:
Human Relations Area Files, 2012. 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
Hunting and trapping (224);
Family relationships (593);
Kinship terminology (601);
Kin relationships (602);
Community heads (622);
Abstract: Brief abstract written by HRAF anthropologists who have done the subject indexing for the document
This source is a study of the ritual treatment of food
among the Senoi Semai of the Malay Peninsula. The first four chapters of the study discuss
in detail the Senoi people and environment and Senoi subsistence strategies, social
organization, and socialization. Following a chapter concerning the problems entailed in
the study of ritual avoidances of food and the theoretical concepts employed in the study,
in four chapters the author examines Semai food avoidances in terms of real or imagined
dangers and in connection with ideology and language. Throughout this examination the
author is concerned with differences in ritual food avoidances as they relate to highland
and lowland groups or “clusters”.
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
UM 65-15,028 Thesis (Ph.D.) -- Yale University, 1965
Includes bibliographical references (p. 556-575) Often the author's conclusions regarding
personality and behavioral processes related to food avoidances are tentative and might
logically have been filed in Category 121. This, however, would have entailed extensive use
of Category 121; instead, this 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.
Gerald Reid; 1989
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)
southern Perak and northwestern Pahang,
LCSH: Library of Congress Subject Headings
Senoi (Southeast Asian people)