Friedl, Erika. Children of Deh Koh: young life in an Iranian village

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Children Of Deh Koh

1. Places

2. The Children And I

3. Three Children And A Man With A Flute

4. Big Belly

Pregnancy Theory

Pregnancy Terms

Pregnancy Practices


Barrenness, Miscarriage, Abortion

Pregnancy Stories

5. Dreaming A Horseman

6. Into The World


Birth Stories

7. Big Belly Dangers

The Cultural Context

The Affective Context Of Danger

8. Named Lion, Named Rose

Rules Of Naming

9. A Little One On My Cradle

The Infant

The Parents

10. Lullabies And Jouncing Songs

11. A Little One On My Back

The Older Infant

Milk, Food, And Health

Baby And The World

12. Tatalu And Beyond

Pee And Such

Smiles And Whines

Well And Ill

Good And Proper

13. Boy And Girl

14. Talking To, Talking About

The Terms

15. Tongue

The Old Man And The Snake

The Rock And The Walnut

16. The Logic Of Children's Miseries

The Nature Of Children

17. A Bird Flies Off Into A Tree

18. Alphabet Philosophy

19. “just A Fine Kids Feeling”

Fear And Fondness

Polite And Proper

Honor And Face

Sins And Merits


20. Tantrum

21. Play

Terms And Cognitive Context



22. Games

23. Stick Dance

The Game

The Little Children

The Big Boys

24. Children's Hour


25. Playing Teacher, Playing Nurse

26. The Devil And The Telephone

27. Traders

28. Bugs On A String

29. Stories Children Hear

Mamalus, On Sending Children On Errands

Huri, On How Children Suffer Under Troubles At Home

A Man, On Possible Reasons For A Child's Bad Behavior

30. Beauty, School, And Men's Desires

Comments From Within

Comments From Outside

What It Takes For A Girl To Stay In School

Life After High School

31. Amene Et Al.

The Story

Context 1

Context 2

Context 3

32. Lions Worried

33. Teen Wisdom

What Girls Know

What Boys Know

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Title: Children of Deh Koh: young life in an Iranian village

Published By: Syracuse, N.Y.: Syracuse University Press, 1997. xxi, 306 p.

By line: Erika Friedl

HRAF Publication Information: New Haven, Conn.: HRAF, 2000. Computer File

Culture: Lur (MA12)

Subjects: Music (533); Personal names (551); Naming (553); Ethics (577); Ingroup antagonisms (578); Family (590); Kinship (600); Reproduction (840); Infancy and childhood (850); Socialization (860); Education (870);

Abstract: The people Friedl studied are Shi'a Lurs living in the high mountains of southwest Iran. This book focuses on children and compliments her earlier work on women of the same village (see document no. 6.) The same families and names appear in both books. Beginning with pregnancy and birth, she discusses the development of children by age group and gender up to marriage. The material conveyed is personal and anecdotal, covering children's behavior and play and their relationships with each other and adults. She masterfully relates their thinking and feelings through acute observation and verbatim conversation. Rural familial dynamics and gender relations are artfully revealed.

Document Number: 7

Document ID: ma12-007

Document Type: Monograph

Language: English

Note: Based on research carried out between 1965 and 1994.

Field Date: 1965-1994

Evaluation: Ethnologist-5

Analyst: Ian Skoggard ; 2005

Coverage Date: 1965-1994

Coverage Place: 'Deh Koh,' Fars, Iran

LCSH: Lur (Iranian people)/Children--Iran--Social conditions/Children--Iran--Social life and customs/Iran--Social life and customs/Iran--Rural conditions


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