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Author: Author's name as listed in Library of Congress records
Hollis, Alfred Claud, Sir, 1874-
Eliot, Sir Charles
The Masai: their language and folklore
Published By: Original publisher
Oxford, England: The Clarendon Press. 1905. xxvii, 359 p.,
27 plates ill., map
By line: Author's name as appearing in the actual publication
by A. C. Hollis ; introduction by Sir Charles Eliot
HRAF Publication Information: New Haven, Conn.:
Human Relations Area Files, 1996. 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
Literary texts (539);
Abstract: Brief abstract written by HRAF anthropologists who have done the subject indexing for the document
This an account of the Maasai written by a British colonial
officer. Except for a large section on Maasai language and grammar, the rest of the book is
translations of Maasai texts dealing primarily with folklore, stories, proverbs, and songs.
Data is presented in narrative, disjointed fashion and there is no attempt at organizing it
nor treating it from any theoretical viewpoint. A wealth of data is included on Maasai
apparel, ornaments, medicine, diet and weapons. A lenghty introduction by C. Eliot attempts
a brief ethnographic summary of the Maasai, locates them geographically and delves briefly
into their racial and linguistic affiliations with neighboring peoples.
Document Number: HRAF's in-house numbering system derived from the processing order of documents
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Document Type: May include journal articles, essays, collections of essays, monographs or chapters/parts of monographs.
Language: Language that the document is written in
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.
Amal Vinogradov ; 1965
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Coverage Place: Location of the research culture or tradition (often a smaller unit such as a band, community, or archaeological site)
Kenya and Tanzania
LCSH: Library of Congress Subject Headings
Masai (African people)