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Author: Author's name as listed in Library of Congress records
Krige, Eileen Jensen, 1904-
Girls' puberty songs and their relation to fertility, health,
morality, and religion among the Zulus
Published in: if part or section of a book or monograph
Africa -- Vol. 38
Published By: Original publisher
Africa -- Vol. 38
London: Oxford University Press. 1968. 173-198 p.
By line: Author's name as appearing in the actual publication
Eileen Jensen Krige
HRAF Publication Information: New Haven, Conn.:
Human Relations Area Files, 2005. 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
Puberty and initiation (881);
Literary texts (539);
Organized ceremonial (796);
Spirits and gods (776);
Purification and atonement (783);
Abstract: Brief abstract written by HRAF anthropologists who have done the subject indexing for the document
This source is concerned with a discussion and analysis of
songs used in girls' puberty and maturity ceremonies as well as on other occasions,
particularly during ceremonies to the deity Inkosazana. Brief descriptions of maturity
ceremonies and ceremonies to Inkosazana are given and the author provides the texts to 17
songs used in these ceremonies. The roles on unmarried girls as ceremonial actors and
possible sources of evil befalling the community are featured in Krige's analysis. She
concludes that the study of song content is important and that such a study '… has brought
to light a very clear connection between girls' puberty rites and certain other rites
associated with fertility, rain, and the prevention of seasonal disease in man and the
crops' (p. 183). Krige also includes a brief critique of Gluckman's analysis of Zulu
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 and Zulu
Includes bibliographical references The texts of the
songs have been indexed for Music (533) and Texts (539) and the researcher interested in
puberty ceremonies should consult either of these subjects in addition to Puberty and
Initiation (881) and Majority (884).
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.
Eleanor C. Swanson ; 1979
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)
KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa
LCSH: Library of Congress Subject Headings
Zulu (African people)