Saler, Benson. Nagual, witch, and sorcerer in a Quiché village

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

Title: Nagual, witch, and sorcerer in a Quiché village

Published in: if part or section of a book or monograph Ethnology -- Vol. 3, no. 3

Published By: Original publisher Ethnology -- Vol. 3, no. 3 Pittsburgh: University of Pittsburgh. 1964. 305-328 p. ill.

By line: Author's name as appearing in the actual publication Benson Saler

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 Sorcery (754); Shamans and psychotherapists (756); Animism (774); Ethnozoology (825);

Abstract: Brief abstract written by HRAF anthropologists who have done the subject indexing for the document This article examines the place in the Quiché worldview of the nagual, which has been understood by various ethnographers as a companion or guardian spirit, destiny animal, or transforming witch. The author distinguishes between the sorcerer and the witch, both of whom make use of such spirit animals. The central argument is that the historical and socio-economic context of a community influences how the concept of nagual is understood and utilized.

Document Number: HRAF's in-house numbering system derived from the processing order of documents 6

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. nw10-006

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. 327-328)

Field Date: The date the researcher conducted the fieldwork or archival research that produced the document 1958-1959

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). 1958-1959

Coverage Place: Location of the research culture or tradition (often a smaller unit such as a band, community, or archaeological site) El Palmar, Quetzaltenango, Guatemala

LCSH: Library of Congress Subject Headings Quiché Indians


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