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Author: Author's name as listed in Library of Congress records
Bunzel, Ruth Leah, 1898-1990
Chichicastenango: a Guatemalan village
Published By: Original publisher
Locust Valley, N.Y.: J. J. Augustin. 1952. xxvi, 438 p. ill.
By line: Author's name as appearing in the actual publication
HRAF Publication Information: New Haven, Conn.:
Human Relations Area Files, 2021. Computer File
Culture: Culture name from the Outline of World Cultures (OWC) with the alphanumberic OWC identifier in parenthesis.
Quiché Maya (NW10)
Subjects: Document-level OCM identifiers given by the anthropology subject indexers at HRAF
Visiting and hospitality (574);
Offenses against the person (683);
Cult of the dead (769);
Prayers and sacrifices (782);
Religious practices (780);
Organized ceremonial (796);
Texts translated into english (902);
Abstract: Brief abstract written by HRAF anthropologists who have done the subject indexing for the document
This is a classic ethnography of the reputedly conservative Quiché Maya community of Chichicastenango, with a goal of studying traditional social practices and the changes that have occurred due to the expansion of state administration. In the introduction, the author reflects on the limitations of informants who may or may not be representative of the community. Major topics covered include economy, life cycle, local government, the fiesta system, and religion. The final third of the book is transcribed ritual performances.
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 (p. 433-437)
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
Ethnologist - 4, 5
Analyst: The HRAF anthropologist who subject indexed the document and prepared other materials for the eHRAF culture/tradition collection.
Ian Skoggard; 2021
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)
Chichicastenango, Quiché, Guatemala
LCSH: Library of Congress Subject Headings