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Author: Author's name as listed in Library of Congress records
The slaughtered camel: coping with fictitious descent among
the Hubeer of southern Somalia
Published By: Original publisher
[Uppsala, Sweden]: University of Uppsala, Department of
Anthropology. 1988. 9, 211 p. ill., map
By line: Author's name as appearing in the actual publication
by Bernhard Helander
HRAF Publication Information: New Haven, Conn.:
Human Relations Area Files, 1997. 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
Gender status (562);
Magical and mental therapy (755);
Burial practices and funerals (764);
Ideas about nature and people (820);
Abstract: Brief abstract written by HRAF anthropologists who have done the subject indexing for the document
This is a study of the Hubeer clan of the Ooflaawe region
of southern Somalia. This group traces its genealogical origins back in history to the
Samaale cluster of clans, but they are considered as belonging to the Rahanweyn branch of
the Somali nation. Helander's focus in this work is on the consequences of the fiction of
descent. 'Fictitious descent constitutes both a cognitive problem for individuals and an
ideological problem for the society at large' (p. 2). This document explores the ways in
which the Hubeer cope with these problems. Topics given particular attention in this work
are social organization, class structure, funerary rites, the concept of BURJI (beliefs and
knowledge of individual character and capacity), medicine, attitudes toward strangers and
their adoption into southern Somali descent groups, gender metaphors, and sex status,
(particularly concepts of masculinity and femininity).
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
Thesis (Ph.D.) -- Uppsala University, 1988 Includes
bibliographical references (p. 200-211)
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 ; 1995
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)
Hubeer clan: Ooflaawe region, southern
Somalia, Somali Democratic Republic
LCSH: Library of Congress Subject Headings