Fortes, Meyer. Ritual festivals and social cohesion in the Hinterland of the Gold Coast

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

Title: Ritual festivals and social cohesion in the Hinterland of the Gold Coast

Published in: if part or section of a book or monograph American anthropologist, n.s. -- Vol. 38

Published By: Original publisher American anthropologist, n.s. -- Vol. 38 Menasha: American Anthropological Association. 1936. 590-604 p.

By line: Author's name as appearing in the actual publication Meyer Fortes

HRAF Publication Information: New Haven, Conn.: Human Relations Area Files, 2010. Computer File

Culture: Culture name from the Outline of World Cultures (OWC) with the alphanumberic OWC identifier in parenthesis. Tallensi (FE11)

Subjects: Document-level OCM identifiers given by the anthropology subject indexers at HRAF Community structure (621); Community heads (622); Localized kin groups (618); Priesthood (793); Avoidance and taboo (784); Cultural participation (184); Organized ceremonial (796); Magic (789); Sacred objects and places (778); Dance (535); Ingroup antagonisms (578); Visiting and hospitality (574); Prayers and sacrifices (782); Puberty and initiation (881); Functional and adaptational interpretations (182);

Abstract: Brief abstract written by HRAF anthropologists who have done the subject indexing for the document This source contains a brief summary of the non-material culture of the Tallensi which serves as a background for the main part of the article, a description of the harvest festivals of the two main groups of the Tallensi. Also briefly noted is the Golib festival of the Talis whose purpose is to ensure a successful sowing and harvesting of early millet and to call down the blessing of fertility in general. Fortes envisages these festivals essentially as being integrative mechanisms which restore the forces of social cohesion between the two opposing groups in Tallensi society, the Talis and the Namoos. Fortes was William Wyse Professor of Social Anthropology at the University of Cambridge.

Document Number: HRAF's in-house numbering system derived from the processing order of documents 8

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. fe11-008

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

Language: Language that the document is written in English

Note: Includes bibliographical references

Field Date: The date the researcher conducted the fieldwork or archival research that produced the document 1934-1935

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. Timothy J. O'Leary ; 1957

Coverage Date: The date or dates that the information in the document pertains to (often not the same as the field date). 1934-1936

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

LCSH: Library of Congress Subject Headings Tallensi (African people)

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