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Author: Author's name as listed in Library of Congress records
Herskovits, Melville J. (Melville Jean),
Dahomey, an ancient West African kingdom: volume 2
Published By: Original publisher
Evanston [Ill.]: Northwestern University Press. 1967. 407
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.
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);
Cult of the dead (769);
Visual arts (5311);
Verbal arts (5310);
Prayers and sacrifices (782);
Musical instruments (534);
Organized ceremonial (796);
Revelation and divination (787);
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
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.
Document Type: May include journal articles, essays, collections of essays, monographs or chapters/parts of monographs.
Language: Language that the document is written in
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
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.
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).
Coverage Place: Location of the research culture or tradition (often a smaller unit such as a band, community, or archaeological site)
LCSH: Library of Congress Subject Headings
Fon (African people)//Ethnology--Benin//Benin