Hambly, Wilfrid Dyson, 1886-. The Ovimbundu of Angola: Frederick H. Rawson-Field Museum ethnological expedition to West Africa, 1929-30. ; 84 plates in photogravure and 1 map

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The Ovimbundu Of Angola

I. Introduction

Ii. Geographical Factors

Iii. Historical Sources

Iv. Physical Appearance

V. Economic Life

Nature Lore

Food Supply

Collecting And Hunting


Agriculture And Cooking

Domestic Animals

Trade And Transport




Domestic Implements


Mats And Baskets


Leather Work

Spinning And Weaving

Vi. Social Life

Sexual Relations




Pregnancy And Childbirth


Terms Of Relationship

Table A (see Table E Iii) Ngonga's Own Generation

Table B (see Table E Ii And Iv, Also Table F Ii) First Generation Of Ngonga's Ascendants

Table C (see Table E I And F I) Second Generation Of Ngonga's Ascendants

Table D (see Table E Iv And V, Also Table F Ii, Iv And V) Some Of Ngonga's Descendants

Law And Government

Warfare And Slavery

Village Organization

Vii. Education

Industrial Training And Division Of Labor

Standards Of Conduct, Manners, And Salutations

Educational Value Of Play, Music, And Dancing

Part I

Part Ii


Viii. Language

Affinities Of Umbundu





Tone And Stress

The Syllable


The Class System

Class 1

Class 8


Principal Tenses



Transcription Of Folklore Stories

Sing Language

Riddles And Proverbs

Folklore Stories

The Leopard And The Hare

The Hare Is Punished

The Bird And The Bat

The Quail And The Rooster

The Story Of The Cricket

The Wattled Crane (epanda) And The Spur-wing Goose (onjava)

The Hare (ndimba) And The Lemur (evovo)

The Fruit Bat And The Sun

The Dog And The Lizard

The Jerboa And The Leopard

Ix. Religion

Supreme Being

Survival After Death

Religious Beliefs And Conduct

Funeral Rites



Kings And Chiefs


Training Of Medicine-men

Functions Of Medicine-men


Equipment And Miscellaneous Duties

Curing The Sick


Poison Ordeal

Ceremonial Fire

Prohibitions And Omens

X. Culture Contacts

Congo Basin


South West Africa

Xi. Wider Culture Contacts

Antiquity Of Cultural Traits

The Blacksmith's Craft In Africa

Bantu Religion And Social System

African Puberty Rites

Hunting Appliances Of Africa

African Pottery, Baskets, And Musical Instruments

Kulturkreis Theory

Xii. Cultural Processes

Analysis Of African Cultures

Assembling Of Traits

Cultural Losses

Integration Of Traits

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

Title: The Ovimbundu of Angola: Frederick H. Rawson-Field Museum ethnological expedition to West Africa, 1929-30. ; 84 plates in photogravure and 1 map

Published By: Original publisher Chicago: [s. n.]. 1934. 89-362 p., plates ill., map

By line: Author's name as appearing in the actual publication by Wilfrid D. Hambly

HRAF Publication Information: New Haven, Conn.: Human Relations Area Files, 2002. Computer File

Culture: Culture name from the Outline of World Cultures (OWC) with the alphanumberic OWC identifier in parenthesis. Ovimbundu (FP13)

Subjects: Document-level OCM identifiers given by the anthropology subject indexers at HRAF Grammar (193); Smiths and their crafts (326); Music (533); Literary texts (539); Marriage (580); Kinship terminology (601); Burial practices and funerals (764); (74); Puberty and initiation (881);

Abstract: Brief abstract written by HRAF anthropologists who have done the subject indexing for the document This monograph is based upon one year's field research in Angola and Nigeria as well as a comprehensive bibliographical study on the Ovimbundu and their neighbors. In this pioneer ethnographic study of the Mbundu the coverage is reasonably complete, considering the magnitude of the task. Primary emphasis is on historical reconstruction with the result that several chapters are dedicated to analyzing the distribution of culture traits of the Ovimbundu and other African tribes. While social structure is only superficially treated, the following sections are well-documented: music, literature, the decorative arts and ethnobotany (particularly pp. 138-140).

Document Number: HRAF's in-house numbering system derived from the processing order of documents 3

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. fp13-003

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

Note: Includes bibliographical references (p. 349-355) The plates which follow the text have been paginated pp. 363-406.

Field Date: The date the researcher conducted the fieldwork or archival research that produced the document 1929-1930

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. Richard Schaedel ; 1955

Coverage Date: The date or dates that the information in the document pertains to (often not the same as the field date). 1929

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

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


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