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Author: Author's name as listed in Library of Congress records
Religious views and customs of the inhabitants of Yap (German
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.]
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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.
Subjects: Document-level OCM identifiers given by the anthropology subject indexers at HRAF
Culture summary (105);
Spirits and gods (776);
Cult of the dead (769);
Revelation and divination (787);
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
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: [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
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.
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).
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
LCSH: Library of Congress Subject Headings
Yapese (Micronesian people)/Yap (Micronesia)