Durrenberger, E. Paul, 1943-. The Icelandic family sagas as totemic artefacts

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

Title: The Icelandic family sagas as totemic artefacts

Published in: if part or section of a book or monograph Social approaches to Viking studies, edited by Ross Samson

Published By: Original publisher Social approaches to Viking studies, edited by Ross Samson Glasgow: Cruithne Press. 1991. 11-17 p.

By line: Author's name as appearing in the actual publication E. Paul Durrenberger

HRAF Publication Information: New Haven, Conn.: Human Relations Area Files, 2004. Computer File

Culture: Culture name from the Outline of World Cultures (OWC) with the alphanumberic OWC identifier in parenthesis. Early Icelanders (EQ02)

Subjects: Document-level OCM identifiers given by the anthropology subject indexers at HRAF Theoretical orientation in research and its results (121); Comparative evidence (171); Verbal arts (5310); Ethnopsychology (828); Ethnosociology (829);

Abstract: Brief abstract written by HRAF anthropologists who have done the subject indexing for the document This article is a structural analysis of the Icelandic sagas. The author suggests '…that the sagas are neither art nor history, but articulations of what Lévi-Strauss (1966) calls a 'totemic operator', an overarching classification system which organizes all experience into an integrated whole in terms of which one can locate anyone or anything relative to all other being, things, events, and forces. It defines nature, the human place in nature, and any person's place in the natural and human order. Its logic is one of classification and analogy' (p. 12).

Document Number: HRAF's in-house numbering system derived from the processing order of documents 6

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. eq02-006

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

Language: Language that the document is written in English

Note: For bibliographical references see document 5: [Sampson]

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

Analyst: The HRAF anthropologist who subject indexed the document and prepared other materials for the eHRAF culture/tradition collection. John Beierle ; 2002

Coverage Date: The date or dates that the information in the document pertains to (often not the same as the field date). ninth-thirteenth centuries AD

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

LCSH: Library of Congress Subject Headings Icelanders


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