Herskovits, Melville J. (Melville Jean), 1895-1963. Dahomey, an ancient West African kingdom: volume 2

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Part V: Political Organisation

Chapter Xxii: Primary Political Divisions

Chapter Xxiii : The King And His Court

Chapter Xxiv : The Cult Of The Royal Ancestors

Chapter Xxv : Wars, Conquests, And The Census

Part Vi : Religious Life

Chapter Xxvi : The Great Gods: The Sky Pantheon

Chapter Xxvii : The Great Gods: The Earth Pantheon

Chapter Xxviii : The Great Gods: The Thunder Pantheon

Chapter Xxix : The Great Gods: The Organisation Of Worship

Chapter Xxx : Personal Gods And Forces: Fate And The Divine Trickster

Chapter Xxxi : Personal Gods And Forces: The Souls Of Man

Chapter Xxxii : The Cult Of The Serpent

Chapter Xxxiii : Magic And Charms

1. Gbogló, Preventive Against Any Effects Of Magic Sent By Another.

2. Golǒ, Protection For The “house” And Possessions Of The Owner.

3. Nudónómě, Protection For The Fields Of The Owner. 1

4. Hóͅlɔ́�hɔ́�lɔ́�gbó, Gives Power To The Owner.

5. Afiyɔ̌hwedjí, Causes Black Magic To Recoil Upon The Sender And Prevents Evil Coming To The Recipient.

6. Súkpíkpâ, Brings Danger To Another.

7. Djidǒ, To Insure Longevity.

8. Gbòdudóͅ, Sends Evil That Kills.

9. Wayįnumɛ̂, Causes Its Owner To Be Liked.

10. Yíró, Which Helps The Owner Obtain What He Wishes.

11. Hwε�glǒͅ, Makes The Owner Secure In The Courts.

12. Azōͅgbwlénú, Cures Illness.

13. Kasisǒ (or Kąndudǒ), Preserves A Hunter From Danger While He Is Hunting .

14. Vigbō, Protects Children And Pregnant Women.

15. Hwélíli, Protects A House; This Includes Gbǒ Put Into The Walls Of A House When It Is Being Built. 1

16. Azɔmasǒ, To Keep Illness Away From The Possessor.

17. Dokóglo, Prevents Accidents.

18. Kugbǒ, Determines Whether A Person Who Is Ill Will Die.

Chapter Xxxiv : The Dahomean World View And Its Place In Daily Life

Part Vii : Art

Chapter Xxxv: The Art-forms Of Dahomey

Chapter Xxxvi : Graphic Art Forms

Chapter Xxxvii: Plastic Art-forms

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

Title: Dahomey, an ancient West African kingdom: volume 2

Published By: Original publisher Evanston [Ill.]: Northwestern University Press. 1967. 407 p. ill.

By line: Author's name as appearing in the actual publication [by] Melville J. Herskovits

HRAF Publication Information: New Haven, Conn.: Human Relations Area Files, 2016. Computer File

Culture: Culture name from the Outline of World Cultures (OWC) with the alphanumberic OWC identifier in parenthesis. Fon (FA18)

Subjects: Document-level OCM identifiers given by the anthropology subject indexers at HRAF Form and rules of government (642); Chief executive (643); Community structure (621); General character of religion (771); Spirits and gods (776); Animism (774); Cosmology (772); Mythology (773); Cult of the dead (769); Visual arts (5311); Verbal arts (5310); Prayers and sacrifices (782); Music (533); Musical instruments (534); Dance (535); Organized ceremonial (796); Revelation and divination (787); Magic (789);

Abstract: Brief abstract written by HRAF anthropologists who have done the subject indexing for the document A sequel to the author’s description of salient features of Dahomey culture and polity, this book focuses on the complex links between Dahomean concepts the world and religiosity with the inner workings of the political systems. Herskovits discusses these links with detailed data on the organization of administrative, judicial, and royal institutions and control on one hand, and the determining powers of Dahomean concepts of god and religiosity on the other. Other aspects of cultures covered in this volume include visual arts (mostly limited to religious graphic arts and magical objects), folklore, music and dances.

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. fa18-002

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: Reprint of the 1938 ed. Includes bibliographical references (p. 373-376)

Field Date: The date the researcher conducted the fieldwork or archival research that produced the document 1931

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 Anthropologist-5

Analyst: The HRAF anthropologist who subject indexed the document and prepared other materials for the eHRAF culture/tradition collection. Teferi Abate Adem

Coverage Date: The date or dates that the information in the document pertains to (often not the same as the field date). 1845-1931

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

LCSH: Library of Congress Subject Headings Fon (African people)//Ethnology--Benin//Benin

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