Playfair, Alan, 1868-. The Garos

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Introduction .

The Garos Section I.

Habitat.

Appearance.

Physical And General Characteristics.

Geographical Distribution.

Origin.

Affinities.

Dress.

Tattooing.

Jewellery.

Weapons.

Section Ii. Domestic Life.

Occupation.

Agriculture.

Houses.

Villages.

Furniture And Household Utensils.

Musical Instruments.

Crops.

Hunting.

Fishing.

Food.

Drink.

Games.

Dancing.

Manufactures.

Section Iii. Laws And Customs.

Tribal Organization.

Marriage.

Divorce.

Inheritance.

Adoption.

Tenure Of Land.

Decision Of Disputes.

Head Hunting.

Section Iv. Religion.

General Character Of Popular Beliefs.

Ancestor Worship.

Worship Of Natural Forces.

Worship Of Deities.

Sacrificial Stones.

Divination.

Priesthood.

Ceremonies And Customs Attending Birth And Naming Of Children.

Ceremonies Attending Marriage.

Beliefs Concerning Death.

Disposal Of The Dead.

Kimas.

Genna.

Dreams And Superstitions.

Section V.

Folklore.

D[unknown]o ° Kruni Kata. The Story Of The Doves.

I

Ii.

Iii.

Iv.

V.

Funeral Wail For A Child By Its Mother.

Song Sung At The Wangala Festival. Part Of The Song Is Sung By A Man To A Young Woman, Then Follows Her Reply, And Lastly The Man’s Final Rejoinder.

D[unknown]o °kua Ar[unknown]o Méséni Kata. The Story Of The Bhimraj And The Rat.

Duramung Songdumung Dakgrika. The Fight Between The Brahmaputra And Tura Hill.

Matchaduni Katak[unknown]o Més[unknown]o-kani. The Story Of The Matchadus. ********

Do °maskimung Chini Ang °kémung Baksa Ripeng Kagrikani Kata. Story Of The Compact Between The Wagtail And The Crab.

Chant To Celebrate The Building Of A House.

Abengni Anchara. Song Sung At The Break Up Of The Wangala Festivities.

Munini Kata. Story Of The Muni Plant.

Kan °churini Kata. The Story Of The Earth-worm.

Section Vi. Miscellaneous.

Teknonymy.

Miscellaneous.

Section Vii.

Language.

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Publication Information The main body of the Publication Information page contains all the metadata that HRAF holds for that document.

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

Title: The Garos

Published By: Original publisher London: David Nutt. 1909. 16, 172 p., plates ill., maps

By line: Author's name as appearing in the actual publication [by] Major A. Playfair ; with an introd. by J. Bampfylde Fuller

HRAF Publication Information: New Haven, Conn.: Human Relations Area Files, 1999. Computer File

Culture: Culture name from the Outline of World Cultures (OWC) with the alphanumberic OWC identifier in parenthesis. Garo (AR05)

Subjects: Document-level OCM identifiers given by the anthropology subject indexers at HRAF Traditional history (173); Historical reconstruction (174); Vocabulary (192); Grammar (193); Tillage (241); Diet (262); Inheritance (428); Marriage (580); Lineages (613); Judicial authority (692); Mythology (773); Eschatology (775); Burial practices and funerals (764);

Abstract: Brief abstract written by HRAF anthropologists who have done the subject indexing for the document This is a detailed ethnographic description of the Garo, dating from the first decade of the twentieth century. This volume is divided into seven sections (a general introduction, domestic life, laws and customs, religion, folklore, miscellaneous, and language) and six appendices, mostly vocabularies. A large number of myths are recorded in native text together with translation.

Document Number: HRAF's in-house numbering system derived from the processing order of documents 2

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. ar05-002

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

Language: Language that the document is written in English

Note: Includes index

Field Date: The date the researcher conducted the fieldwork or archival research that produced the document ca. 1908

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 Government Official-5

Analyst: The HRAF anthropologist who subject indexed the document and prepared other materials for the eHRAF culture/tradition collection. Sigrid Khera ; Dubravka Schmalzbauer ; 1969-1974

Coverage Date: The date or dates that the information in the document pertains to (often not the same as the field date). ca. 1908

Coverage Place: Location of the research culture or tradition (often a smaller unit such as a band, community, or archaeological site) Garo Hills Autonomous District, Meghalaya State, India

LCSH: Library of Congress Subject Headings Garo (Indic people)

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