Merker, Meritz, 1867-1908. The Masai: ethnographic monograph of an East African Semite people

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First Part

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Ii.

Second Part

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Internal Ailments

Infectious Diseases

Ailments Of The Respiratory Organs

Ailments Of The Digestive Organs

Venereal Diseases

Nerve Ailments

External Ailments

Midwifery And Women's Ailments

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Tales Lion And Ichneumon

Hyena And Jackal

Hyena, Jackal, And Monster.

The Man-eating Bull

The Sly Old Man

The Worried Father

The Wild Animals

The Punishment Of God

Proverbs

Third Part

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The Discovery Of Arrow Poison

Some Stories And Fables

Fourth Part

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The Creation Of The World

The Creation Of The First Human Beings

Paradise And The Fall Of Man

The Deluge

The Kenites Of The Bible -- The Smiths Of The Masai

The Deception About The Right Of The First-born

Moses-marumi, Musana, Etc.

Circumcision

The Naming Of God

The Fiery Serpent

The Ten Commandments

Some Further Points Of Contact

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Appendix I.

Appendix Ii.

Appendix Iii.

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B. Physical Measurement.

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

Title: The Masai: ethnographic monograph of an East African Semite people

Published By: Original publisher Berlin: Dietrich Reimer (Ernst Vohsen). 1910. 31, 456 p. [HRAF MS: 1, 44, 623 leaves] ill., map

By line: Author's name as appearing in the actual publication Meritz Merker

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. Maasai (FL12)

Subjects: Document-level OCM identifiers given by the anthropology subject indexers at HRAF

Abstract: Brief abstract written by HRAF anthropologists who have done the subject indexing for the document This extensive ethnography of the Maasai people was written by a Captain in the German 'Protectorate Troops' who, in his capacity as a military officer spent more than 8 years among the Maasai. Part One contains a discussion on the origins of the Maasai and presents Merker's hypothesis that the Maasai are descendants of the nomadic Semites whose ancestral home was on the Arabian peninsula. Part one also identifies what Merkert considers to be the three branches of the Maasai people, the Wakuafi (Kwafi), the Asa, and the Maasai proper, and discusses the sequence of their migrations from the Arabian peninsula to their current location. Part Two contains a thorough ethnographic description of the Maasai proper and the Kwafti, while Part Three contains a briefer, somewhat sketchy ethnography of the Asa. In Part Four, the author compares Maasai myths and traditions with those of the Bible and with traditions from Babylonia. The remarkable similarity between the traditions of these three peoples is used as corroborating evidence for Merker's belief in the common origin of the ancient Israelites and the Maasai.

Document Number: HRAF's in-house numbering system derived from the processing order of documents 18

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. fl12-018

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 translation from German

Note: Translation of: Die Masai: Etnographische Monographie eines Ostafrikanischen Semitenvolkes.|The original German text is not included Translated for the HRAF files by Frieda Schütze As the Asa are currently considered to be a branch of the Dorobo, information in Part Three has been indexed only for the Dorobo (FL06) collection.

Field Date: The date the researcher conducted the fieldwork or archival research that produced the document 1895-1907

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 Soldier, Government Official-5

Analyst: The HRAF anthropologist who subject indexed the document and prepared other materials for the eHRAF culture/tradition collection. Helen Gunsher Bornstein ; John Beierle ; 1972

Coverage Date: The date or dates that the information in the document pertains to (often not the same as the field date). 1895-1907

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)

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