Meyer, Hans, 1858-1929. The Barundi: an ethnological study of German East Africa

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

Title: The Barundi: an ethnological study of German East Africa

Published By: Original publisher Leipzig: Ott Spamer. 1916. HRAF ms: 1-293 p. [original: xiv, 205 p., 55 end plates] [incomplete]

By line: Author's name as appearing in the actual publication Hans Meyer

HRAF Publication Information: New Haven, Conn.: Human Relations Area Files, 2010. Computer File

Culture: Culture name from the Outline of World Cultures (OWC) with the alphanumberic OWC identifier in parenthesis. Barundi (FO58)

Subjects: Document-level OCM identifiers given by the anthropology subject indexers at HRAF Tillage (241); Domesticated animals (231); Settlement patterns (361); Topography and geology (133); Descriptive somatology (142); Racial identification (144); Traditional history (173); Ethnic stratification (563); Occupational specialization (463); Acculturation and culture contact (177); Diet (262); Recreational and non-therapeutic drugs (276); Transmission of skills (868); General tools (412); External trade (439); Chief executive (643); Military organization (701); Music (533); External trade (439);

Abstract: Brief abstract written by HRAF anthropologists who have done the subject indexing for the document As a result of keen personal observations and extensive research into contemporary literature, Meyer's account of the Rundi and their country is characterized by thoroughness and an evident desire for accuracy. Being a geographer, his interest in the material culture is varied and extensive. Included in his account are descriptions of the physical environment; agriculture and animal husbandry; utensils, tools, and weapons; handicraft industries; food, clothing and housing; and trade and means of communication. Other aspects of Rundi culture, such as social and political organization, marriage, religion, medicine, life cycle, forms of recreation, and folk knowledge are also well presented. The Rundi are composed of three distinct and highly stratified ethnic elements--the Bahutu, Batussi, and Batwa. In marking for this source, category 563 (Ethnic Stratification) has been used only when it is necessary to highlight the racial and cultural differences of these three groups. The data on 'clan' has been marked for 614 (Sibs).

Document Number: HRAF's in-house numbering system derived from the processing order of documents 1

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. fo58-001

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 German

Note: Translation of: [Die Barundi: Eine volkerkundliche Studie aus Deutsch-Ostafrika] Includes bibliographical references Translated for the HRAF files by Helmut Handzik in 1959| Pages 151-205 and some non-descriptive passages in other parts of the text have been omitted

Field Date: The date the researcher conducted the fieldwork or archival research that produced the document 1911

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 Geographer-5

Analyst: The HRAF anthropologist who subject indexed the document and prepared other materials for the eHRAF culture/tradition collection. Robert Lee ; 1959

Coverage Date: The date or dates that the information in the document pertains to (often not the same as the field date). 1812-1911

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

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


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