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Author: Author's name as listed in Library of Congress records
Karsten, Rafael, 1879-1956
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
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.
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
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Language: Language that the document is written in
Includes bibliographical references (p. 132-133) and
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.
Hesung Koh ; 1961
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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)