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Author: Author's name as listed in Library of Congress records
Basden, George Thomas, 1873-1944
Willis, John Ralph
Niger Ibos: a description of the primitive life, customs and
animistic beliefs, etc., of the Ibo people of Nigeria
Published By: Original publisher
London: Cass. 1966. xxxii, 33-456 p., plates ill.,
By line: Author's name as appearing in the actual publication
George T. Basden ; new bibliographical note by John Ralph
HRAF Publication Information: New Haven, Conn.:
Human Relations Area Files, 2003. 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
Prayers and sacrifices (782);
Judicial authority (692);
Revelation and divination (787);
Adolescence, adulthood, and old age (880);
Termination of marriage (586);
Burial practices and funerals (764);
Smiths and their crafts (326);
Offenses against life (682);
Division of labor by gender (462);
Retail marketing (443);
Vegetable production (244);
Literary texts (539);
Abstract: Brief abstract written by HRAF anthropologists who have done the subject indexing for the document
This source, written with some 15 more years of field
experience, is extremely like the author's earlier work (Source 6: Basden in this file) in
content and in subject coverage. The major difference seems to be that this volume gives a
more comprehensive coverage of the religious beliefs and practices, with perhaps less
emphasis on cannibalism than the previous work. The similarity in texts reflects the
author's intention to document a way of life which was rapidly disappearing during his own
tenure among the Igbo rather than to record his own experiences and observations as
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
Includes bibliographical references (p. 439-445) The
notes appearing at the ends of chapters have been indexed separately.
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.
Jan Simpson ; 1980
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)
East Central State (mainly the northern and
central parts of Igbo territory, but the whole of Igboland is covered), Nigeria
LCSH: Library of Congress Subject Headings
Igbo (African people)