Roscoe, John, 1861-1932. The Baganda: an account of their native customs and beliefs

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

Title: The Baganda: an account of their native customs and beliefs

Published By: Original publisher London: Macmillan and Co.. 1911. xx, 547 p. ill., maps

By line: Author's name as appearing in the actual publication By John Roscoe

HRAF Publication Information: New Haven, Conn.: Human Relations Area Files, 1998. Computer File

Culture: Culture name from the Outline of World Cultures (OWC) with the alphanumberic OWC identifier in parenthesis. Ganda (FK07)

Subjects: Document-level OCM identifiers given by the anthropology subject indexers at HRAF Traditional history (173); Literary texts (539); Clans (614); Chief executive (643); Special burial practices and funerals (766); Spirits and gods (776);

Abstract: Brief abstract written by HRAF anthropologists who have done the subject indexing for the document Roscoe, who spent the years from 1893 to 1911 as a missionary among the Baganda, has endeavored to present a picture of Ganda culture as it existed prior to the changes introduced by contact with Europeans, or in other words at about 1850. By the use of a minimum of comment and a great deal of objectivity, Roscoe presents a picture of these people that is vivid and powerful. The description is focused mainly on customs and associated beliefs and practices, and the reader is presented with a discussion of the general culture, followed by separate sections on birth, infancy, and puberty; marriage; sickness, death, and burial; descent; the sibs; their totems; the King; government; religion; warfare; industries (the exploitation of natural products and the processing of raw materials); animal husbandry; agricultural and food practices; hunting; markets and currency; wells; and a lengthy section on folklore. This material is supplemented by tables of anthropometric measurements, and by plans of the capital of the old regime, and of the Royal Enclosure. Although it lacks any theoretical organization, the book succeeds as a primary reference on the Ganda culture and people.

Document Number: HRAF's in-house numbering system derived from the processing order of documents 2

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. fk07-002

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 index

Field Date: The date the researcher conducted the fieldwork or archival research that produced the document ca. 1900

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 Missionary-5

Analyst: The HRAF anthropologist who subject indexed the document and prepared other materials for the eHRAF culture/tradition collection. Leslie L. Clark ; 1959

Coverage Date: The date or dates that the information in the document pertains to (often not the same as the field date). 1854-1909

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

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

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