Publication Information The main body of the Publication Information page contains all the metadata that HRAF holds for that document.
Author: Author's name as listed in Library of Congress records
!Kung Bushman religious beliefs
Published in: if part or section of a book or monograph
Africa -- Vol. 32
Published By: Original publisher
Africa -- Vol. 32
London: Oxford University Press. 1962. 221-252 p.
By line: Author's name as appearing in the actual publication
HRAF Publication Information: New Haven, Conn.:
Human Relations Area Files, 2005. 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
Literary texts (539);
Shamans and psychotherapists (756);
Spirits and gods (776);
Organized ceremonial (796);
Abstract: Brief abstract written by HRAF anthropologists who have done the subject indexing for the document
This paper describes some of the religious beliefs of the
!Kung San of the interior bands of the Nyae Nyae region of South West Africa. The article
concentrates on the concepts of the gods and the spirits of the dead. The author points out
changes in the concept of the Great God by comparing texts of old tales with current
beliefs. Also included are a discussion of peoples' relations with the gods (the source of
good and evil; supplication, etc.) and a description of the ceremonial curing dance.
Comparisons with other San groups are made throughout. Some information is included on the
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.
Joan Steffens ; 1963
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)
Nyae Nyae region, Namibia and Botswana
LCSH: Library of Congress Subject Headings
San (African people)