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Author: Author's name as listed in Library of Congress records
Rattray, R. S. (Robert Sutherland),
Published By: Original publisher
Oxford, England: Clarendon Press. 1923. 348 p. ill.,
By line: Author's name as appearing in the actual publication
by Capt. R. S. Rattray, M.B.E.
HRAF Publication Information: New Haven, Conn.:
Human Relations Area Files, 2000. 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
Real property (423);
Abstract: Brief abstract written by HRAF anthropologists who have done the subject indexing for the document
Captain Rattray's studies of the Ashanti are considered the
best sources of ethnographic information on this Gold Coast nation. This document is a
preliminary survey of the group published after Rattray had been in the field for one year.
Rattray was head of the British government's Anthropology Department in Ashanti, West
Africa. This document covers kinship organization and pertinent ritual as well as religious
beliefs and practices related to spirits and ancestors. Rattray discusses the Ashanti land
tenure system and he discusses the historical development of the Ashanti nation. The symbol
of Ashanti nationality, the Golden Stool, is also analyzed. Information on neolithic
instruments, goldsmiths and the manufacture of weights, as well as some anthropometric
data, can also be found in this volume.
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.
Component part(s), monograph
Language: Language that the document is written in
The index is not included
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.
Jean U. Mensch ; 1954
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
Akan (African people)