Walleser, Sixtus. Religious views and customs of the inhabitants of Yap (German South Seas)

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

Title: Religious views and customs of the inhabitants of Yap (German South Seas)

Published in: if part or section of a book or monograph Anthropos -- Vol. 8

Published By: Original publisher Anthropos -- Vol. 8 Mödling bei Wien: Anthropos-Institute. 1913. HRAF ms: 1, 69 leaves [original: 607-629, 1044-1068 p.]

By line: Author's name as appearing in the actual publication Sixtus Walleser

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. Yapese (OR22)

Subjects: Document-level OCM identifiers given by the anthropology subject indexers at HRAF Glossary (104); Culture summary (105); Animism (774); Spirits and gods (776); Cult of the dead (769); Revelation and divination (787); Magic (789); Eating (264); Shamans and psychotherapists (756); Magicians and diviners (791);

Abstract: Brief abstract written by HRAF anthropologists who have done the subject indexing for the document This monograph is devoted to the religious life of the Yap. Topics covered include beliefs about the soul, different kinds of spirits and gods, the shrines (TALíU) and their regulations, various kinds of taboos, ancestor worship, magic, divination, and specialists in the various branches of religious practices. In addition, there is an extensive discussion of the DóUAD system of men's eating classes. This system is apparently the same as that called YOGUM or YEGUM by other authors, and the same marking decisions apply. There are a number of different religious practitioners, e.g., TáMERON, TAMANIWEI, etc., whose functions vary from being shrine priests to shamans. Walleser was a Christian missionary, consequently there is some ethnocentrism present in the study. Two years of intensive investigation formed the basis of this study.

Document Number: HRAF's in-house numbering system derived from the processing order of documents 21

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. or22-021

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 translation from German

Note: Translation of: [Religiöse Anschauungen und Gebräuche der Bewohner von Jap (Deutsche Südsee)] Includes bibliographical references Translated from the German in 1942 for the Yale Cross-Cultural Survey in connection with the Navy Pacific Islands Handbook Project. A glossary of native terms has been compiled and is indexed for Glossary (104). Religious practitioners have been indexed for the appropriate functional categories such as Prophets and Ascetics (791) or Shamans and Psychotherapists (756), depending on the context. Additional indexing decisions involve the concept of MAM. When MAM refers to the life force or the determination of an individual's length of life, it has been indexed for Life and Death (761); when it refers to the soul or spirit, Animism (774); when it refers to the guardian spirit of a child it has been indexed for Spirits and Gods (776) and Status of Children (858); for the concept of fate, Luck and Chance (777); for its role in divination, Revelation and Ddivination (787); for ideas about its role in forming the body and spirit in human beings, ETHNOPHYSIOLOGY (827) and ETHNOPSYCHOLOGY (828); and for its connection with conception CONCEPTION (842).

Field Date: The date the researcher conducted the fieldwork or archival research that produced the document ca. 1910

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 Missionary-5

Analyst: The HRAF anthropologist who subject indexed the document and prepared other materials for the eHRAF culture/tradition collection. Marlene Martin ; 1975

Coverage Date: The date or dates that the information in the document pertains to (often not the same as the field date). 1910

Coverage Place: Location of the research culture or tradition (often a smaller unit such as a band, community, or archaeological site) Yap State, Federated States of Micronesia

LCSH: Library of Congress Subject Headings Yapese (Micronesian people)/Yap (Micronesia)


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