Gelfand, Michael. Medicine and magic of the Mashona

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

Title: Medicine and magic of the Mashona

Published By: Original publisher Cape Town: Juta and Co.. 1956. iv, 266 p. ill.

By line: Author's name as appearing in the actual publication [by] Michael Gelfand ; with a foreword by Sir Robert Tredgold

HRAF Publication Information: New Haven, Conn.: Human Relations Area Files, 2014. Computer File

Culture: Culture name from the Outline of World Cultures (OWC) with the alphanumberic OWC identifier in parenthesis. Shona (FS05)

Subjects: Document-level OCM identifiers given by the anthropology subject indexers at HRAF Eschatology (775); Magical and mental therapy (755); Shamans and psychotherapists (756); Medical therapy (757); Magicians and diviners (791); Magic (789); Preventive medicine (751); Paraphernalia (293); Sorcery (754); Revelation and divination (787); Burial practices and funerals (764); Mourning (765); Cult of the dead (769); Pregnancy (843);

Abstract: Brief abstract written by HRAF anthropologists who have done the subject indexing for the document This is an excellent survey of religious and medical practices as observed by the author while serving as a physician at the Salisbury Native Hospital in Rhodesia (now Zimbabwe). There are two parts to this work. The first part deals with Shona ideas about the causes of disease and the second part is concerned with the native medicine man and the diagnosis and cure of diseases through magical or medical means. This source also includes information on medical treatment of pregnancy and on death.

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. fs05-008

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, glossary and index

Field Date: The date the researcher conducted the fieldwork or archival research that produced the document 1940-1955

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 Physician, Ethnologist-5

Analyst: The HRAF anthropologist who subject indexed the document and prepared other materials for the eHRAF culture/tradition collection. John Beierle; 1991

Coverage Date: The date or dates that the information in the document pertains to (often not the same as the field date). 1940-1955

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

LCSH: Library of Congress Subject Headings Shona (African people)//Medicine, Magic, mystic, and spagiric


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