Gurdon, Philip Richard Thornhagh. The Khasis

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Section I. Habitat.


Physical And General Characteristics.

Geographical Distribution.







Section Ii. Occupation.




Furniture And Household Utensils.

Musical Instruments.









Manufacture Of Eri Silk Cloths And Cotton Cloths In The Jaintia Hills.

Cotton Cloths.


Section Iii. Laws And Customs.

Tribal Organization.

State Organization.





Tenure Of Land And Laws Regarding Land.

Hali Lands Or Irrigated Paddy Lands.

Laws Regarding Other Property.

Decision Of Disputes.

Khasi Courts Of Judicature.

Decision Of Cases By Ordeal.

1.--water Ordeal.

2.--ordeal By U Klong, Or By U Klong U Khnam, In The Wár Country.


Human Sacrifices.

The Thlen Superstition.

Section Iv. Religion.

General Character Of Popular Beliefs.


Worship Of Natural Forces And Of Deities.

Religious Rites And Sacrifices, Divination.


Ceremonies And Customs Attending Birth And Naming Of Children.


Lamdoh Ceremony.

Lynngam Marriages.

Ceremonies Attending Death.

Customs In Connection With Deaths By Violence Or Accident.

Miscellaneous Customs In Connection With Death.

The Disposal Of The Dead.

Khasi Memorial Stones.

Festivities, Domestic And Tribal.


Section V. Folk-tales, Traditions And Superstitions.


Section Vi. Miscellaneous.


Khasi Method Of Calculating Time.

The Lynngams.

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 Khasis

Published By: Original publisher London: David Nutt. 1907. 27, 227 p. ill.

By line: Author's name as appearing in the actual publication Philip R. T. Gurdon ; with an introduction by Sir Charles Lyall

HRAF Publication Information: New Haven, Conn.: Human Relations Area Files, 1996. Computer File

Culture: Culture name from the Outline of World Cultures (OWC) with the alphanumberic OWC identifier in parenthesis. Khasi (AR07)

Subjects: Document-level OCM identifiers given by the anthropology subject indexers at HRAF Culture summary (105);

Abstract: Brief abstract written by HRAF anthropologists who have done the subject indexing for the document Major Gurdon, Superintendent of Ethnology in Assam and the part that later became Meghalaya State, was for three years Deputy-Commissioner of the Khasi District, and knew well the people whose institutions he describes here. This work is 'an attempt to give a systematic account of the Khasi people, their manners and customs, their ethnological affinities, their laws and institutions, their religious beliefs, their folklore, their theories as to their origin, and their language.'

Document Number: HRAF's in-house numbering system derived from the processing order of documents 1

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. ar07-001

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 No date

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 Ethnologist-4,5

Analyst: The HRAF anthropologist who subject indexed the document and prepared other materials for the eHRAF culture/tradition collection. Alice McCloskey ; 1956

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

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

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


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