Douglass, William A.. Death in Murelaga: funerary ritual in a Spanish Basque village

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

Title: Death in Murelaga: funerary ritual in a Spanish Basque village

Published By: Original publisher Seattle ; London: University of Washington. 1969. 14, 240 p.

By line: Author's name as appearing in the actual publication [by] William A. Douglass

HRAF Publication Information: New Haven, Conn.: Human Relations Area Files, 2000. Computer File

Culture: Culture name from the Outline of World Cultures (OWC) with the alphanumberic OWC identifier in parenthesis. Basques (EX08)

Subjects: Document-level OCM identifiers given by the anthropology subject indexers at HRAF Incorporeal property (424); Highways and bridges (491); Gender status (562); Sodalities (575); Ingroup antagonisms (578); Mode of marriage (583); Household (592); Kindreds and ramages (612); Community structure (621); Burial practices and funerals (764); Mourning (765); Cult of the dead (769); Ritual (788); Congregations (794); Organized ceremonial (796);

Abstract: Brief abstract written by HRAF anthropologists who have done the subject indexing for the document This is a study of funerals, mourning, and memorials in the Spanish Basque town of Murélaga. The author very elegantly shows the relationships and interaction among Catholic dogma and ritual, local funerary customs, and the social structure of Murélaga. This important source focuses on the beliefs, practices, and institutions surrounding death to arrive at an insightful understanding of the local social structure, with special emphasis on the central role played by individual households.

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. ex08-002

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. 231-234) and index

Field Date: The date the researcher conducted the fieldwork or archival research that produced the document Jan.-Aug. 1965 ; summer of 1966 (2 months)

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-5

Analyst: The HRAF anthropologist who subject indexed the document and prepared other materials for the eHRAF culture/tradition collection. Christopher Latham ; 1990-1991

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) Murélaga, Vizcaya, Spain

LCSH: Library of Congress Subject Headings Basques


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