Karsten, Rafael, 1879-1956. The religion of the Samke: ancient beliefs and cults of the Scandinavian and Finnish Lapps

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

Title: The religion of the Samke: ancient beliefs and cults of the Scandinavian and Finnish Lapps

Published By: Original publisher Leiden: E.J. Brill. 1955. vii, 136 p. ill.

By line: Author's name as appearing in the actual publication Rafael Karsten

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. Saami (EP04)

Subjects: Document-level OCM identifiers given by the anthropology subject indexers at HRAF Religious beliefs (770); Religious practices (780);

Abstract: Brief abstract written by HRAF anthropologists who have done the subject indexing for the document This monograph, with an environmental determinist point of view, is a detailed summary of Saami religion written with a view to testing a general theory of religion. Although Karsten collected his data primarily through his field observation, he used extensively the literary sources in Danish, Swedish, Finnish, and Russian for comparative purposes. This rather intensive comparative study of the ancient beliefs and cults of the Scandinavian Saami covers topics such as nature worship, the worship of personal gods, shamanism, the system of sacrifice, and the worship of the dead. Karsten's conclusions, dealing with general characteristics of the Saami belief system, constitutes a significant contribution to the development of a theory of primitive religion.

Document Number: HRAF's in-house numbering system derived from the processing order of documents 5

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. ep04-005

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 bibliographical references (p. 132-133) and 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. Hesung Koh ; 1961

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) Norway, Sweden, and Finland

LCSH: Library of Congress Subject Headings Sami (European people)


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