Holmer, Nils Magnus, 1904-. Mu-igala or the way of muu: a medicine song from the Cuna Indians of Panama

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

Title: Mu-igala or the way of muu: a medicine song from the Cuna Indians of Panama

Published By: Original publisher Göteborg: [s.n.]. [n.d.]. 95 p. ill. [incomplete]

By line: Author's name as appearing in the actual publication [Edited and translated by Nils Magnus Holmer ; Henry Wassén]

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. Kuna (SB05)

Subjects: Document-level OCM identifiers given by the anthropology subject indexers at HRAF Music (533); Difficult and unusual births (845);

Abstract: Brief abstract written by HRAF anthropologists who have done the subject indexing for the document The Cuna song 'Mu-Igala' which is presented here with comments and explanations, is sung at severe cases of childbirth. It is valuable not only as an indication of the treatment of prolonged deliveries but also for the insight it gives into the Cuna animism. Mr. Wassén received the text from the Cuna Indian Guillermo Haya in 1945, although he arranged for its transmittal in 1935. The translation was done by Mr. Holmer and the text is presented in normalized Cuna and in English with comments on the Cuna language and translation problems. Mr. Wassén summarized the text and presents his synopses with notes interpreting the text in terms of the ideology of the Cuna and other ethnic groups.

Document Number: HRAF's in-house numbering system derived from the processing order of documents 13

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. sb05-013

Document Type: May include journal articles, essays, collections of essays, monographs or chapters/parts of monographs. Component part(s), monograph

Language: Language that the document is written in English translation from Cuna

Note: This document consists of excerpts|The original Cuna text is not included

Field Date: The date the researcher conducted the fieldwork or archival research that produced the document 1935

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. Lss ; 1950-1956

Coverage Date: The date or dates that the information in the document pertains to (often not the same as the field date). 1935

Coverage Place: Location of the research culture or tradition (often a smaller unit such as a band, community, or archaeological site) Panama

LCSH: Library of Congress Subject Headings Cuna Indians


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