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Author: Author's name as listed in Library of Congress records
Grigson, W. V. (Wilfred Vernon), 1896-
The Maria Gonds of Bastar
Published By: Original publisher
London: Oxford University Press. 1949. 22, 427 p. ill.,
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by W. V. Grigson ; with an introduction by J. H.
HRAF Publication Information: New Haven, Conn.:
Human Relations Area Files, 2010. 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
Descriptive somatology (142);
Personality traits (157);
Settlement patterns (361);
Hunting and trapping (224);
Organized ceremonial (796);
General character of religion (771);
Spirits and gods (776);
Burial practices and funerals (764);
Adolescent activities (883);
Abstract: Brief abstract written by HRAF anthropologists who have done the subject indexing for the document
This excellent ethnography, by a former member of the
Indian Civil Service, describes the culture of two subgroups of the widespread Gond
peoples, the relatively unacculturated Hill Marias and the more acculturated Bison Horn
Marias, both of Bastar State. The book is divided into five main sections: Introductory,
giving the geographical, ethnographical and historical setting of the Maria Gonds; Personal
Appearance and Characteristics; Domestic Life and Economy, which includes villages, houses
and their contents, agriculture, procuring of food and drink, and domestic life; Religion
and Magic, which includes the gods, annual religious ceremonies, and the cult of the
departed; and Social Organization and custom, which includes marriage, birth and childhood
and death and funeral ceremonies. A number of appendices are included on administrative
divisions, clan lists, terms of relationship, names, anthropometry, language, and glossary.
Throughout the book, the culture of the Hill Marias is described first, then that of the
Bison Horn Marias, with indications as to how the two cultures differ. The Supplement
contains a comment by Elwin which includes additional information, mainly on Hill Maria
culture; notes on the Maria Gonds of Chanda and Drug District by Grigson; and notes by
Elwin on the original edition supplementing or correcting Grigsons material.
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Reissued in 1949 with a supplement containing 80 pages
of additional matter and 39 illustrations by the author and Verrier Elwin Includes
bibliographical references (p. 337-338) Data on the gotul, the adolescents and bachelors
dormitory, will be found in category 883. Data on the zamindar, sendhia, and taluq, all
administrative divisions, have been filed in category 632.
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.
Timothy J. O'Leary; 1958: John Beierle; 2010
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)
Maria Gonds, Bastar State, India
LCSH: Library of Congress Subject Headings
Gond (Indic people)//Ethnology--India--Bastar//Bastar