Flam, Jack D.. Graphic symbolism in the Dogon granary: grains, time, and the notion of history

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

Title: Graphic symbolism in the Dogon granary: grains, time, and the notion of history

Published in: if part or section of a book or monograph Journal of African studies -- Vol. 3, no. 1

Published By: Original publisher Journal of African studies -- Vol. 3, no. 1 Los Angeles: UCLA, African Studies Center. 1976. 35-50 p. ill.

By line: Author's name as appearing in the actual publication Jack D. Flam

HRAF Publication Information: New Haven, Conn.: Human Relations Area Files, 2000. Computer File

Culture: Culture name from the Outline of World Cultures (OWC) with the alphanumberic OWC identifier in parenthesis. Dogon (FA16)

Subjects: Document-level OCM identifiers given by the anthropology subject indexers at HRAF Outbuildings (343); Decorative art (531); Representative art (532); Numerology (801); Ethnophysics (822);

Abstract: Brief abstract written by HRAF anthropologists who have done the subject indexing for the document As the title suggests, this source is concerned with the symbolic significance of the Dogon granary. The author begins with a discussion of Dogon graphic symbolism in general and of how Dogon graphic design is anchored in the nature of Dogon thought. He follows with a description of the construction and physical characteristics of one particular Dogon granary. In the symbolic analysis of the granary Flam discusses 1) the relationship between the construction of the granary and the nature of Dogon thought and 2) the mythological events and characters and cosmology of the Dogon recalled and commemorated in the structure of the granary.

Document Number: HRAF's in-house numbering system derived from the processing order of documents 22

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. fa16-022

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

Language: Language that the document is written in English

Note: Includes bibliographical references

Field Date: The date the researcher conducted the fieldwork or archival research that produced the document no date

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 Art Historian-4

Analyst: The HRAF anthropologist who subject indexed the document and prepared other materials for the eHRAF culture/tradition collection. Gerald Reid ; 1988

Coverage Date: The date or dates that the information in the document pertains to (often not the same as the field date). 1962

Coverage Place: Location of the research culture or tradition (often a smaller unit such as a band, community, or archaeological site) Sanga, Bandiagara Circle, Mopti Region, Mali

LCSH: Library of Congress Subject Headings Dogons (African people)


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