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Author: Author's name as listed in Library of Congress records
Merrill, William L.
Rarámuri souls: knowledge and social process in northern
Published By: Original publisher
Washington, D.C. ; London: Smithsonian Institution Press.
1988. xi, 237 p. ill., maps
By line: Author's name as appearing in the actual publication
William L. Merrill
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.
Subjects: Document-level OCM identifiers given by the anthropology subject indexers at HRAF
Theory of disease (753);
Magical and mental therapy (755);
Cult of the dead (769);
Spirits and gods (776);
Abstract: Brief abstract written by HRAF anthropologists who have done the subject indexing for the document
William Merrill '…examines the ways in which a society
lacking formal educational institutions produces and transmits its basic knowledge about
the world and how the nature of this process affects the distribution of the knowledge
within the society' (dust jacket). This book deals with Tarahumara history, philosophy,
oratory, and ritual practices with a focus throughout on the concept of the soul. This soul
concept is used by the Tarahumara to explain various dimensions of human experience and
behavior and to justify much of their ritual action. Merrill analyzes this central
component of Tarahumara thought in terms of its relationship to health and death practices
and in various other dimensions of everyday life.
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Includes bibliographical references (p. 211-228) and
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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.
John Beierle ; 1995
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