Krige, Eileen Jensen, 1904-. Girls' puberty songs and their relation to fertility, health, morality, and religion among the Zulus

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

Title: Girls' puberty songs and their relation to fertility, health, morality, and religion among the Zulus

Published in: if part or section of a book or monograph Africa -- Vol. 38

Published By: Original publisher Africa -- Vol. 38 London: Oxford University Press. 1968. 173-198 p.

By line: Author's name as appearing in the actual publication Eileen Jensen Krige

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. Zulu (FX20)

Subjects: Document-level OCM identifiers given by the anthropology subject indexers at HRAF Puberty and initiation (881); Majority (884); Music (533); Literary texts (539); Organized ceremonial (796); Sexuality (831); Spirits and gods (776); Purification and atonement (783);

Abstract: Brief abstract written by HRAF anthropologists who have done the subject indexing for the document This source is concerned with a discussion and analysis of songs used in girls' puberty and maturity ceremonies as well as on other occasions, particularly during ceremonies to the deity Inkosazana. Brief descriptions of maturity ceremonies and ceremonies to Inkosazana are given and the author provides the texts to 17 songs used in these ceremonies. The roles on unmarried girls as ceremonial actors and possible sources of evil befalling the community are featured in Krige's analysis. She concludes that the study of song content is important and that such a study '… has brought to light a very clear connection between girls' puberty rites and certain other rites associated with fertility, rain, and the prevention of seasonal disease in man and the crops' (p. 183). Krige also includes a brief critique of Gluckman's analysis of Zulu ritual.

Document Number: HRAF's in-house numbering system derived from the processing order of documents 25

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. fx20-025

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

Language: Language that the document is written in English and Zulu

Note: Includes bibliographical references The texts of the songs have been indexed for Music (533) and Texts (539) and the researcher interested in puberty ceremonies should consult either of these subjects in addition to Puberty and Initiation (881) and Majority (884).

Field Date: The date the researcher conducted the fieldwork or archival research that produced the document no date

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 Ethnographer-5

Analyst: The HRAF anthropologist who subject indexed the document and prepared other materials for the eHRAF culture/tradition collection. Eleanor C. Swanson ; 1979

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

Coverage Place: Location of the research culture or tradition (often a smaller unit such as a band, community, or archaeological site) KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa

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


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