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Author: Author's name as listed in Library of Congress records
Lehtisalo, Toivo, 1887-
Sketch of a mythology of the Yurak Samoyed
Published By: Original publisher
Helsinki: Société Finno-ougrienne. 1924. HRAF ms: 2, 184
By line: Author's name as appearing in the actual publication
Toivo V. Lehtisalo
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.
Subjects: Document-level OCM identifiers given by the anthropology subject indexers at HRAF
Visual arts (5311);
Magical and mental therapy (755);
Shamans and psychotherapists (756);
Spirits and gods (776);
Sacred objects and places (778);
Magicians and diviners (791);
Prayers and sacrifices (782);
Abstract: Brief abstract written by HRAF anthropologists who have done the subject indexing for the document
This source presents detailed information on Yurak Samoyed
religious and mystical beliefs and practices. The author visited the Samoyed for the
purpose of collecting linguistic data; however, in the course of his fieldwork, he
collected a large number of myths and magic songs. The abstracts and texts of these form
the core of the source. They are supplemented by the authors own research and observations
on these materials. Cosmogonical myths as well as myths on the origin of culture traits,
shamans, spirits, gods and death, are included in the authors collection. Furthermore, the
author provides a catalogue of sacred objects, places, animals, and spirits and the
ceremonial associated with each. Finally, ample data are provided on mortuary practices and
on the powers and duties of shamans.
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
English translation from German
Translation of: [Entwurf einer Mythologie der
Jurak-Samojeden] //Translated for the HRAF files by Frieda Schütze and edited in 1952
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.
Carol Cerf ; Helen Gunsher Bornstein ; 1952-1975; Teferi A.
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)
Yurak, Russian North, Russia
LCSH: Library of Congress Subject Headings
Nentsy //Mythology, Samoyedic //Nentsy -- Folklore