Powdermaker, Hortense, 1903-1970. Feasts in New Ireland: the social function of eating

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

Title: Feasts in New Ireland: the social function of eating

Published in: if part or section of a book or monograph American anthropologist -- Vol. 34

Published By: Original publisher American anthropologist -- Vol. 34 Washington, etc.: American Anthropological Association, etc.. 1932. 236-247 p.

By line: Author's name as appearing in the actual publication Hortense Powdermaker

HRAF Publication Information: New Haven, Conn.: Human Relations Area Files, 2012. Computer File

Culture: Culture name from the Outline of World Cultures (OWC) with the alphanumberic OWC identifier in parenthesis. Lesu (OM24)

Subjects: Document-level OCM identifiers given by the anthropology subject indexers at HRAF Diet (262); Food preparation (252); Division of labor by gender (462); Eating (264); Gender status (562); Visiting and hospitality (574); Exchange transactions (437); Status, role, and prestige (554); Termination of marriage (586); Community structure (621); Instigation of war (721); Residence (591); Burial practices and funerals (764); Rest days and holidays (527); Gift giving (431); Ethnometeorology (821);

Abstract: Brief abstract written by HRAF anthropologists who have done the subject indexing for the document This article, as the title suggests, discusses the function of eating as it occurs under communal-ritual conditions. The author presents a theoretical introduction to the subject, and descriptive data concerning feasting among the people of Lesu as she observed it on numerous occasions related to life cycle rites, economic transactions, war and peace, and other events. Preparations, the roles of men compared to those of women, moiety activities, trade and gift exchange, and other customs are discussed when pertinent to the feast itself. The author summarizes her data and concludes that feasts are a form of ritual serving to impress the sentiments of the society upon the individual, thus maintaining the existence of the former.

Document Number: HRAF's in-house numbering system derived from the processing order of documents 5

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. om24-005

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

Field Date: The date the researcher conducted the fieldwork or archival research that produced the document 1929-1930

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. George R. Bedell ; 1961

Coverage Date: The date or dates that the information in the document pertains to (often not the same as the field date). 1920-1932

Coverage Place: Location of the research culture or tradition (often a smaller unit such as a band, community, or archaeological site) Lesu, New Ireland, Papua New Guinea

LCSH: Library of Congress Subject Headings New Ireland Province (Papua New Guinea)//Ethnology--Papua New Guinea--New Ireland//Lesu, New Ireland (Papua New Guinea)

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