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Author: Author's name as listed in Library of Congress records
The inhabitants of the Truk Islands: religion, life and a
short grammar of a Micronesian people
Published By: Original publisher
Munster i W.: Aschendorff. 1927. HRAF Ms: iv, 285 p.
[Original: viii, 302 p.]
By line: Author's name as appearing in the actual publication
P. Laurentius Bollig
HRAF Publication Information: New Haven, Conn.:
Human Relations Area Files, 1999. 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
Literary texts (539);
Religious beliefs (770);
Religious practices (780);
Abstract: Brief abstract written by HRAF anthropologists who have done the subject indexing for the document
This monograph presents a detailed account of Chuukese
ethnography collected and compiled by the author, a Capuchin missionary, from his own
observations and supplemented by data from the older islanders concerning former conditions
prior to European-Japanese contacts. The work is divided into three parts, the first of
which deals with various aspects of Chuukese religion, and the second, entitled 'Land and
People,' with other aspects of ethnography, as for example, child rearing, marriage
customs, warfare, tribal organization, property, the sailing canoe, various forms of
manufacture, fishing, food preparation, weaving, dancing, the men's house, illness, omens,
ordering of time, language, physical descriptions of the population, geography, culture
history and stories and tales. The organization of the monograph is rather unusual,
reflecting perhaps the author's primary field of interest, with the first 91 pages being
devoted to an intensive study of native religion -- cosmology, mythology, spirits and gods,
relations of spirits to man, and the various functionaries in the society whose roles are
religiously oriented -- while the ethnographic data which follow in part II, following p.
91, are more or less haphazardly put together so that, for example, geography and culture
history which generally precede the bulk of material in most monographs, in this case will
be found near the end of the source. The actual data are nevertheless fairly comprehensive
in the general coverage of material culture and certain aspects of social and political
organization, but lack specific information in regard to the social and political structure
of Chuukese society, as well as kinship. The analysis of religion is
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.
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Language: Language that the document is written in
English translation from German
Translation of: Die Bewohner der Truk-Inseln.
Religion, Leben und kurze Grammatok eines Mikronesiervolkes|The original German text is not
included Translated from the German in 1942 for the Yale Cross-Cultural Survey in
connection with the Navy Pacific Islands Handbook Project. Pp. 257-287 of the original, the
short grammar, and the index were not translated The role of SOURONG, a class of
individuals who possessed various arts and skills obtained from the spirits, has been
indexed for Friendship (571), while the concept of the arts and skills themselves, the
RONG, has been indexed for Incorporeal Property (424) and Sacred Objects and Places (778).
Field Date: The date the researcher conducted the fieldwork or archival research that produced the document
ca. 1912 - ca. 1920
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 ; 1968
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)
Chuuk State, Federated States of
LCSH: Library of Congress Subject Headings
Trukese (Micronesian people)