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Author: Author's name as listed in Library of Congress records
Williams, F. E. (Francis Edgar)
Published By: Original publisher
London: Oxford University Press, H. Milford. 1928. xii,
231 p. ill., map
By line: Author's name as appearing in the actual publication
by F.E. Williams. With a foreword by R.R. Marett
HRAF Publication Information: New Haven, Conn.:
Human Relations Area Files, 2004. 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
Personality disorders (158);
Hunting and trapping (224);
Real property (423);
Ecclesiastical organization (790);
Ideas about nature and people (820);
Abstract: Brief abstract written by HRAF anthropologists who have done the subject indexing for the document
This document is divided into three parts that correspond
to Anthropological Reports Nos. 6, 7, and 8, submitted by Williams to the Papuan Government
of New Guinea. The first two parts, The Taro Cult: A Study of Primitive Religious Movement,
and The Garden Culture of the Orokaiva, are essays primarily in applied anthropology, while
the final section entitled, Orokaiva Magic, is a psychological interpretation of the
reasoning behind the practice of magic among the Orokaiva. Descriptions of Orokaiva
folkways are often interspersed with witticisms. The predominant theme that permeates all
phases of native life seems to be the effect of the newly introduced Taro cult upon the
Orokaiva. Since Williams was writing this monograph primarily for the use of the Papuan
Government, a great deal of emphasis is placed on how Orokaiva society could be improved by
introducing new educational policies.
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
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
Analyst: The HRAF anthropologist who subject indexed the document and prepared other materials for the eHRAF culture/tradition collection.
John Beierle ; 1960
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)
Northern District, Papua New Guinea
LCSH: Library of Congress Subject Headings
Orokaiva (Papua New Guinea people)