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Author: Author's name as listed in Library of Congress records
Herskovits, Melville J. (Melville Jean),
Herskovits, Frances S. (Frances Shapiro),
An outline of Dahomean religious belief
Published By: Original publisher
Menasha, Wis.: The American Anthropological Association.
1933. 77 p. ill.
By line: Author's name as appearing in the actual publication
By Melville J. Herskovits and Frances S. 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
General character of religion (771);
Spirits and gods (776);
Cult of the dead (769);
Religious experience (781);
Prayers and sacrifices (782);
Revelation and divination (787);
Sacred objects and places (778);
Theory of disease (753);
Magical and mental therapy (755);
Theological systems (779);
Abstract: Brief abstract written by HRAF anthropologists who have done the subject indexing for the document
A collaborative work of Herskovits and Herskovits, this
book systematically outlines the many dimensions of Dahomean religious beliefs. Combining
information from existing accounts and original fieldwork, the authors describe Dahomey
religion as a complex system consisting of a several gods, ancestral cults, personal
spirits and magical powers. Relations among these powers are viewed as though hierarchical.
Yet Dohomean did not worship to a universal God. Instead, each god was historically
associated as the God of a specific community and/or locality. The authors argue that
variations in degree of attachment and worship forms occurred only in the later years
mainly due to population migration across different sections of the kingdom.
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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
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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)
southern Benin (Dahomey)
LCSH: Library of Congress Subject Headings
Fon (African people)//Ethnology--Benin//Benin--Religion