Kopytoff, Igor. Revitalization and the genesis of cults in pragmatic religion: the Kita rite of passage among the Suku

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

Title: Revitalization and the genesis of cults in pragmatic religion: the Kita rite of passage among the Suku

Published in: if part or section of a book or monograph Explorations in African systems of thought, edited by Ivan Karp and Charles S. Bird

Published By: Original publisher Explorations in African systems of thought, edited by Ivan Karp and Charles S. Bird Bloomington: Indiana University Press. 1980. 183-212 p.

By line: Author's name as appearing in the actual publication by Igor Kopytoff

HRAF Publication Information: New Haven, Conn.: Human Relations Area Files, 2016. Computer File

Culture: Culture name from the Outline of World Cultures (OWC) with the alphanumberic OWC identifier in parenthesis. Suku (FO46)

Subjects: Document-level OCM identifiers given by the anthropology subject indexers at HRAF General character of religion (771); Ritual (788); Organized ceremonial (796); Lineages (613); Shamans and psychotherapists (756); Magic (789); Religious experience (781); Purification and atonement (783); Theory of disease (753); Sacred objects and places (778); Congregations (794); Cult of the dead (769); Life and death (761); Transmission of beliefs (869);

Abstract: Brief abstract written by HRAF anthropologists who have done the subject indexing for the document This article describes a traditional Suku religious rite called Kita which was typically held following the rise of a new chief. The focus is on the meanings and structure of the ritual, meant to renovate the collective wellbeing of lineage members as they passed from the reign of one chief to the other. The discussion follows Arnold Van Gennep's classic formulation of rites of passage.

Document Number: HRAF's in-house numbering system derived from the processing order of documents 8

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. fo46-008

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

Language: Language that the document is written in English

Note: Includes bibliographical references (p. 210-212)

Field Date: The date the researcher conducted the fieldwork or archival research that produced the document 1957-1959

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 Anthropologist-4,5

Analyst: The HRAF anthropologist who subject indexed the document and prepared other materials for the eHRAF culture/tradition collection. Teferi Abate Adem; 2014

Coverage Date: The date or dates that the information in the document pertains to (often not the same as the field date). 1920-1940

Coverage Place: Location of the research culture or tradition (often a smaller unit such as a band, community, or archaeological site) Kwango district, Bandundu, Democratic Republic of the Congo

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


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