Beattie, John. Group aspects of the Nyoro spirit mediumship cult

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

Title: Group aspects of the Nyoro spirit mediumship cult

Published in: if part or section of a book or monograph Rhodes-Livingstone journal -- Vol. 30

Published By: Original publisher Rhodes-Livingstone journal -- Vol. 30 Lusaka, Zambia: Published for the Rhodes-Livingstone Institute by the Manchester University Press. 1961. 11-38 p.

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

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. Banyoro (FK11)

Subjects: Document-level OCM identifiers given by the anthropology subject indexers at HRAF Spirits and gods (776); Revelation and divination (787); Magicians and diviners (791); Congregations (794);

Abstract: Brief abstract written by HRAF anthropologists who have done the subject indexing for the document Beattie examines a spirit possession cult, which he regards as the traditional religion of Bunyoro. The cult is based on a pantheon of beneficial spirits, who are the ancestors of a spiritually powerful race of people (CWEZI) that ruled the country in an early dynasty. The Cwezi mysteriously disappeared after a few generations, however, they left behind a cult through which to tap their genius. Each of the nineteen Cwezi spirits has a unique personality and competence, in regard to such concerns as twins, household affairs, lightening, journeys, rain, and herds. Clans are associated with one or another of the spirits, although the original Nyoro group cult was based on the household, promoting its health, prosperity, and fertility. Beattie discusses recruitment, initiation, and training of diviners, and sTances. He also discusses a class of foreign 'black' spirits, which have emerged in the colonial period.

Document Number: HRAF's in-house numbering system derived from the processing order of documents 5

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. fk11-005

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

Language: Language that the document is written in English

Note: Includes bibliographical references (p. 38)

Field Date: The date the researcher conducted the fieldwork or archival research that produced the document 1951-1955

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. Ian Skoggard ; 2002

Coverage Date: The date or dates that the information in the document pertains to (often not the same as the field date). 1951-1955

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

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


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