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Author: Author's name as listed in Library of Congress records
Wilson, Monica Hunter
Communal rituals of the Nyakyusa
Published By: Original publisher
London, New York, Toronto: Published for the International
Institute by the Oxford University Press. 1959. viii, 228 p. ill., maps
By line: Author's name as appearing in the actual publication
HRAF Publication Information: New Haven, Conn.:
Human Relations Area Files, 2010. Computer File
Culture: Culture name from the Outline of World Cultures (OWC) with the alphanumberic OWC identifier in parenthesis.
Nyakyusa and Ngonde (FN17)
Subjects: Document-level OCM identifiers given by the anthropology subject indexers at HRAF
Cultural identity and pride (186);
Community structure (621);
Community heads (622);
Chief executive (643);
Ethnic stratification (563);
Traditional history (173);
Age stratification (561);
Acculturation and culture contact (177);
Organized ceremonial (796);
Cult of the dead (769);
Real property (423);
Gender status (562);
Revelation and divination (787);
Theory of disease (753);
Normal garb (291);
Religious denominations (795);
Sex and marital offenses (684);
Functional and adaptational interpretations (182);
Prayers and sacrifices (782);
Sociocultural trends (178);
Abstract: Brief abstract written by HRAF anthropologists who have done the subject indexing for the document
This volume is a study of the relationship of religion to
Nyakyusa social structure. The author examines the origin myths (the charter), political
and age-grade ceremonies, ancestral sacrifices and the varying importance of ancestral
shrines, political power and status based on religion, sorcery, 'medicines,' oracles and
cosmology. In the final section she discusses the influence of the Christian missionaries
and the native African churches on Nyakyusa society.
Document Number: HRAF's in-house numbering system derived from the processing order of documents
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.
Document Type: May include journal articles, essays, collections of essays, monographs or chapters/parts of monographs.
Language: Language that the document is written in
Includes bibliographical references
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.
Robert J. Theodoratus ; 1962 ; Teferi Abate Adem;
Coverage Date: The date or dates that the information in the document pertains to (often not the same as the field date).
Coverage Place: Location of the research culture or tradition (often a smaller unit such as a band, community, or archaeological site)
Nyakyusa, Tanzania and Malawi
LCSH: Library of Congress Subject Headings
Nyakyusa (African people)