Bascom, William Russell, 1912-. The sociological role of the Yoruba cult-group

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

Title: The sociological role of the Yoruba cult-group

Published in: if part or section of a book or monograph American anthropologist -- Vol. 46, no. 1, part 2

Published By: Original publisher American anthropologist -- Vol. 46, no. 1, part 2 Menasha: American Anthropological Association. 1944. 75 p.

By line: Author's name as appearing in the actual publication William R. Bascom

HRAF Publication Information: New Haven, Conn.: Human Relations Area Files, 2009. Computer File

Culture: Culture name from the Outline of World Cultures (OWC) with the alphanumberic OWC identifier in parenthesis. Yoruba (FF62)

Subjects: Document-level OCM identifiers given by the anthropology subject indexers at HRAF General character of religion (771); Kin relationships (602); Clans (614); Tribe and nation (619); Prayers and sacrifices (782); Luck and chance (777); Cult of the dead (769); Cosmology (772); Congregations (794); Revelation and divination (787); Mythology (773); Organized ceremonial (796); Sodalities (575);

Abstract: Brief abstract written by HRAF anthropologists who have done the subject indexing for the document This work is concerned with the relationship between kinship organization and religious groups among the Yoruba. The author presents a summary of the kinship structure, the composition of religious groups in terms of kinship, and a comparison of the composition and function of the religious groups with the so-called 'secret societies.'Incidental to his treatment, the author includes information on the manner in which individuals become worshippers of particular deities, the nature of the deities, and the spread of their worship. His data consciously reflect the contradictions existing between ideal and observed patterns of behavior.

Document Number: HRAF's in-house numbering system derived from the processing order of documents 13

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. ff62-013

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

Language: Language that the document is written in English

Note: Includes bibliographical references (p. 74-75)

Field Date: The date the researcher conducted the fieldwork or archival research that produced the document 1937-1938

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. George R. Bedell ; 1959

Coverage Date: The date or dates that the information in the document pertains to (often not the same as the field date). 1930-1944

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

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


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