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Author: Author's name as listed in Library of Congress records
MacDougall, Robert Duncan, 1940-
Domestic architecture among the Kandyan Sinhalese
Published By: Original publisher
Ann Arbor, Michigan: University Microfilms. 1971 [1974
copy]. xli, 937 leaves ill., maps
By line: Author's name as appearing in the actual publication
Robert Duncan MacDougall
HRAF Publication Information: New Haven, Conn.:
Human Relations Area Files, 1997. 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
Equipment and maintenance of buildings (350);
Literary texts (539);
Kinship terminology (601);
Revelation and divination (787);
Abstract: Brief abstract written by HRAF anthropologists who have done the subject indexing for the document
This dissertation is a detailed description of domestic
architecture and material culture, and their ecological and symbolic contexts within a
largely traditional village. MacDougall presents very detailed descriptions (including
scale plans and photos) of the dwellings and their contents, with inventories of a number
of houses. Differences due to age, life cycle position, and socioeconomic status are
discussed. The place of supernatural in everyday life and the importance of astrology and
ritual in house construction are dealt with thoroughly. The first part deals with material
culture and dwelling construction, while the second covers social and ideological aspects.
Attention is also given to the kinship structure of the households. The importance of
symbolic over formal principles in Sinhalese architecture is stressed. Any alteration of
nature, such as building a house, must be undertaken with the greatest care not to upset
the supernatural laws (thus the need for astrology). Rituals are used to maintain the
natural balance. A good bibliography is provided.
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 71-29,259 Thesis (Ph.D.) -- Cornell University,
1971 Includes bibliographical references (p. 931-937) Since there is so much data on
material culture and extensive lists of possessions, most household objects are indexed for
Utensils (415), unless they are described more fully. KAARENA, the manipulation of
supernatural forces for immediate ends, has been indexed for Magic (789).
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.
Martin Malone ; Marlene Martin ; 1975-1976
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)
Kandy area; 'Rangama', Sri Lanka
LCSH: Library of Congress Subject Headings
Sinhalese (Sri Lankan people)