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Author: Author's name as listed in Library of Congress records
Richards, Audrey I. (Audrey Isabel),
CHISUNGU: a girls' initiation ceremony among the Bemba of
Published By: Original publisher
London, England: Faber and Faber. 1956. 224 p., plates
By line: Author's name as appearing in the actual publication
by Audrey I. Richards
HRAF Publication Information: New Haven, Conn.:
Human Relations Area Files, 1997. 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
Puberty and initiation (881);
Abstract: Brief abstract written by HRAF anthropologists who have done the subject indexing for the document
This is a descriptive and interpretive account of the
CHISUNGU or girls' initiation ceremony among the Bemba of Northern Rhodesia. In the
introduction, the author discusses the theoretical significance of the puberty rites. A
summary of the material environment and institutional structure of the Bemba society
provides the necessary frame of reference for the better understanding of the ceremony
itself. Being one of the sponsors of the particular ceremony that she had witnessed, the
author is able to record the various rituals in detail. A functional interpretation of the
CHISUNGU, especially its place in a matrilineal society, concludes this fine study. An
appendix on the distribution of the puberty ceremonies in central Africa, and one on the
songs sung during the Bemba ceremony are included in the book. For more information about
the author see 2: Richards, this file.
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Language: Language that the document is written in
Includes bibliographical references ( p. 213-216) and
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 Lee ; 1958
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LCSH: Library of Congress Subject Headings
Bemba (African people)