Bailey, John. An account of the wild tribes of the Veddahs of Ceylon: their habits, customs, and superstitions

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

Title: An account of the wild tribes of the Veddahs of Ceylon: their habits, customs, and superstitions

Published in: if part or section of a book or monograph Transactions, n.s., - Vol. 2

Published By: Original publisher Transactions, n.s., - Vol. 2 London: Ethnological Society of London. 1863. 278-320 p.

By line: Author's name as appearing in the actual publication John Bailey

HRAF Publication Information: New Haven, Conn.: Human Relations Area Files, 2009. Computer File

Culture: Culture name from the Outline of World Cultures (OWC) with the alphanumberic OWC identifier in parenthesis. Vedda (AX05)

Subjects: Document-level OCM identifiers given by the anthropology subject indexers at HRAF Descriptive somatology (142); Historical reconstruction (174); Acculturation and culture contact (177); Settlement patterns (361); Cultural participation (184); Dwellings (342); Real property (423); Anthropometry (141); Ethos (181); Ethnobotany (824); External relations (648); Hunting and trapping (224); Ethnozoology (825);

Abstract: Brief abstract written by HRAF anthropologists who have done the subject indexing for the document Bailey, who was Principal Assistant Colonial Secretary of Ceylon for a period, gives a description of the Vedda based principally upon his own observations. Covering first physical anthropology, he proceeds to describe the economic life, social life, and religious beliefs of the people. He then attempts to reconstruct the origin of the Veddas. Finally, the author includes a vocabulary and list of names.

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. ax05-002

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

Language: Language that the document is written in English

Note: Includes bibliographical references

Field Date: The date the researcher conducted the fieldwork or archival research that produced the document ca. 1854

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. James R. Leary; 1961

Coverage Date: The date or dates that the information in the document pertains to (often not the same as the field date). 1854-1863

Coverage Place: Location of the research culture or tradition (often a smaller unit such as a band, community, or archaeological site) Sri Lanka

LCSH: Library of Congress Subject Headings Vedda (Sri Lankan people)


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