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Author: Author's name as listed in Library of Congress records
Amazonian cosmos: the sexual and religious symbolism of the
Published By: Original publisher
Chicago: University of Chicago Press. . xxiii, 290
p. ill., map
By line: Author's name as appearing in the actual publication
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.
Subjects: Document-level OCM identifiers given by the anthropology subject indexers at HRAF
Hunting and trapping (224);
Literary texts (539);
Shamans and psychotherapists (756);
General character of religion (771);
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
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
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
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.
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).
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
LCSH: Library of Congress Subject Headings