Fortes, Meyer. Names among the Tallensi of the Gold Coast

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

Title: Names among the Tallensi of the Gold Coast

Published in: if part or section of a book or monograph Afrikanistische Studien, herausgegeben von J. Lukas

Published By: Original publisher Afrikanistische Studien, herausgegeben von J. Lukas Berlin: Akademie-Verlag. 1955. 337-349 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 Personal names (551); Naming (553); Spirits and gods (776); Luck and chance (777); Sacred objects and places (778); Eschatology (775); Clans (614); Techniques of socialization (861); Community heads (622); Priesthood (793);

Abstract: Brief abstract written by HRAF anthropologists who have done the subject indexing for the document This short article gives a description of names and name-giving among the Tallensi. Each person has a public and a private name, the latter not being secret. The private name refers generally to an ancestor who is the guardian spirit of the owner of the name. The public name can refer to almost any circumstance of interest to the name-giver. The article closes with a brief discussion of names taken at the investiture of chiefs and the ten'daanas. Fortes is Willliam 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 10

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. fe11-010

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

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 1934-1937

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 Social Anthropologist-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). 1934-1937

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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