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Author: Author's name as listed in Library of Congress records
Griffiths, Walter G.
Guha, B. S. (Biraja Sankar), 1894-1961
The Kol tribe of central India
Published By: Original publisher
Calcutta: Royal Asiatic Society of Bengal. 1946. xiv, 333
By line: Author's name as appearing in the actual publication
Walter G. Griffiths ; with an introd. By B. S. Guha
HRAF Publication Information: New Haven, Conn.:
Human Relations Area Files, 2014. 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
Food preparation (252);
Arranging a marriage (584);
Spirits and gods (776);
Prayers and sacrifices (782);
Sacred objects and places (778);
Verbal arts (5310);
Texts in the speaker's language (901);
Texts translated into english (902);
Life history materials (159);
Abstract: Brief abstract written by HRAF anthropologists who have done the subject indexing for the document
This source presents a well-rounded ethnographic study of
the Kol tribe located in the central highlands of India. The author, a missionary of the
Methodist Church, gathered his data during a residence of fifteen years in Jabalpur
(Jubbulpore), Madhya Pradesh. It should be noted that most of the data contained in this
source pertain to the Hinduized Kols, rather than those in Rewa whose customs differ
somewhat in form and content. It is noteworthy that, in contrast to the usual bias found in
a majority of missionary reports of this type, the data presented here are clear and
concise statements about native ethnography, wholly lacking in any attempts at
proselytizing. Although the author's data are somewhat deficient in the material culture
aspects of Kol society, there is abundant information on almost all other phases of Kol
ethnography, from birth to death, religion, the family, magic and witchcraft, social
structure, folklore, fine arts, and economics. Marriage ceremonies are especially well
described. Seven appendices present information on kinship terminology, personal names,
additional notes on Kol songs and poetry (illustrated elsewhere in the text), castes, a
glossary of native terms, anthropometry, and a bibliography. The index is exceptionally
well done and should be used. The plates scattered throughout the text are not in numerical
order so the researcher should refer to the list of illustrations for page references (pp.
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Language: Language that the document is written in
Includes bibliographical references (p. 317-333)
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.
John Beierle; 1964
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)
Jabalpur, Madhya Pradesh, India
LCSH: Library of Congress Subject Headings
Munda (Indic people)