Lewis, I. M.. Dualism in Somali notions of power

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

Title: Dualism in Somali notions of power

Published in: if part or section of a book or monograph Journal of the Royal Anthropological Institute of Great Britain and Ireland -- Vol. 93

Published By: Original publisher Journal of the Royal Anthropological Institute of Great Britain and Ireland -- Vol. 93 London: The Institute. 1963. 109-116 p.

By line: Author's name as appearing in the actual publication by I. M. Lewis

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. Somali (MO04)

Subjects: Document-level OCM identifiers given by the anthropology subject indexers at HRAF Ingroup antagonisms (578); Sorcery (754);

Abstract: Brief abstract written by HRAF anthropologists who have done the subject indexing for the document Somali distinguish sharply between secular and religious power. Feuds between lineages and DIA-paying groups are decided through physical fighting. The victory of a group is never attributed to supernatural power but plainly to superior strength in number of warriors. Religious power is considered to be purely a matter of men of religion (sheikhs and waadads) who at least ideally are not involved in feuds and fighting. Through their religious power they are able to call blessings on people from God, which the average man, as warrior, can do insufficiently, only. Sorcery is of little significance amongst the Somali, who apparently due to their pre-occupation with physical fighting have little need for means of spiritual aggression. Cursing is, however, feared from Sab-bondsmen, who, as a numerically small and economically dependent group, can never take up physical fighting against a Somali-group.

Document Number: HRAF's in-house numbering system derived from the processing order of documents 29

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. mo04-029

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

Note: Includes bibliographical references (p. 116)

Field Date: The date the researcher conducted the fieldwork or archival research that produced the document 1955-1957

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 Ethnologist-4,5

Analyst: The HRAF anthropologist who subject indexed the document and prepared other materials for the eHRAF culture/tradition collection. John Beierle ; Sigrid Khera ; 1970-1974

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) Somalia, Djibouti, and southeastern Ethiopia

LCSH: Library of Congress Subject Headings Somalis


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