Reichel-Dolmatoff, Gerardo. Amazonian cosmos: the sexual and religious symbolism of the Tukano Indians

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

Title: Amazonian cosmos: the sexual and religious symbolism of the Tukano Indians

Published By: Original publisher Chicago: University of Chicago Press. [1971]. xxiii, 290 p. ill., map

By line: Author's name as appearing in the actual publication Gerardo Reichel-Dolmatoff

HRAF Publication Information: New Haven, Conn.: Human Relations Area Files, 1998. Computer File

Culture: Culture name from the Outline of World Cultures (OWC) with the alphanumberic OWC identifier in parenthesis. Tukano (SQ19)

Subjects: Document-level OCM identifiers given by the anthropology subject indexers at HRAF Hunting and trapping (224); Fishing (226); Literary texts (539); Shamans and psychotherapists (756); General character of religion (771); Mythology (773); Ethnophysics (822); Ethnozoology (825);

Abstract: Brief abstract written by HRAF anthropologists who have done the subject indexing for the document This work is a study of the religious symbolism of a small group of tropical rain forest Indians known as the Desana (a subgroup of Tucano) living in the Vaupés region of Colombia's northwest Amazon area. Much of the information is based on the author's conversation with a single informant -- a largely acculturated Desana Indian by the name of Antonio Guzman. The document is divided into three major parts. Part I presents an ethnographic sketch of the Desana people and their land; part II, the Creation Myth, contains a relatively concise statement of cosmology and forms the basis of the establishement of various cultural institutions and religious codes; and part III provides a detailed analysis of religious symbolism in various aspects of Desana life.

Document Number: HRAF's in-house numbering system derived from the processing order of documents 8

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. sq19-008

Document Type: May include journal articles, essays, collections of essays, monographs or chapters/parts of monographs. Monograph

Language: Language that the document is written in English

Note: Translation of: Desana Includes bibliographical references (p. 276-280)

Field Date: The date the researcher conducted the fieldwork or archival research that produced the document ca. 1960s

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. John Beierle ; 1996

Coverage Date: The date or dates that the information in the document pertains to (often not the same as the field date). 1960s

Coverage Place: Location of the research culture or tradition (often a smaller unit such as a band, community, or archaeological site) Desana tribe; Vaupés region, Colombian northwest Amazon

LCSH: Library of Congress Subject Headings Tukano Indians

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