Loeb, Edwin Meyer, 1894-. Shaman and seer

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

Title: Shaman and seer

Published in: if part or section of a book or monograph American anthropologist, N. S. -- Vol. 31

Published By: Original publisher American anthropologist, N. S. -- Vol. 31 Menasha, Wisconsin: American Anthropological Association. 1929 [1962 reprint]. 60-84 p. ill.

By line: Author's name as appearing in the actual publication By E. M. Loeb

HRAF Publication Information: New Haven, Conn.: Human Relations Area Files, 2000. Computer File

Culture: Culture name from the Outline of World Cultures (OWC) with the alphanumberic OWC identifier in parenthesis. Mentawaians (OD09)

Subjects: Document-level OCM identifiers given by the anthropology subject indexers at HRAF Sorcery (754); Magical and mental therapy (755); Shamans and psychotherapists (756); Spirits and gods (776); Revelation and divination (787);

Abstract: Brief abstract written by HRAF anthropologists who have done the subject indexing for the document Loeb discusses the differences between the Mentaweian type of shaman or seer from that of the Siberian type which he calls in the text non-inspirational vs. inspirational. He then attempts to show that the seer is the oldest type of Indonesian medicine man and resembles the seer of all primitive cultures, and that the true shaman is a product of higher cultures (p. 60). The major part of the document, however, is devoted to a detailed discussion of the Pagai seer, his role, functions in the society, and the manner in which he (or she) obtains power. The work concludes with a discussion of Pagai sorcery.

Document Number: HRAF's in-house numbering system derived from the processing order of documents 9

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. od09-009

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: Reprinted by permission of the original publishers Kraus Reprint Corporation, New York, 1962 Includes bibliographical references

Field Date: The date the researcher conducted the fieldwork or archival research that produced the document 1926

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-5

Analyst: The HRAF anthropologist who subject indexed the document and prepared other materials for the eHRAF culture/tradition collection. John Beierle ; 1999

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) North and South Pagai, Mentawei Islands, west of Sumatra, Indonesia

LCSH: Library of Congress Subject Headings Mentawai (Indonesian people)


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