Shinohara, Tōru, 1945-. The symbolic meaning of the pot on the roof: a case study of the Konso in southern Ethiopia

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

Title: The symbolic meaning of the pot on the roof: a case study of the Konso in southern Ethiopia

Published in: if part or section of a book or monograph Nilo-Ethiopian studies -- No. 1

Published By: Original publisher Nilo-Ethiopian studies -- No. 1 Kyoto, Japan: Japan Association for Nilo-Ethiopian Studies. 1993. 57-73 p. ill., map

By line: Author's name as appearing in the actual publication Toru Shinohara

HRAF Publication Information: New Haven, Conn.: Human Relations Area Files, 2016. Computer File

Culture: Culture name from the Outline of World Cultures (OWC) with the alphanumberic OWC identifier in parenthesis. Konso (MP17)

Subjects: Document-level OCM identifiers given by the anthropology subject indexers at HRAF Dwellings (342); Outbuildings (343); Ceramic technology (323); Building interiors and arrangement (353); Settlement patterns (361); Community structure (621); Community heads (622); Status, role, and prestige (554); Inter-ethnic relations (629); Buying and selling (432); Hunting and trapping (224); Aftermath of combat (727); Community councils (623); Priesthood (793);

Abstract: Brief abstract written by HRAF anthropologists who have done the subject indexing for the document This document is concerned with the meanings and cultural significance of the practice of adorning rooftops with decorated clay pots of different sizes and varied decoration. Drawing on an interpretive understanding of symbolic meanings conveyed in different pot sizes and artistic markers, strong links are found between the pots and the social standing of the owners of the houses. Ranks commonly communicated through the pots relate to seniority in local lineage groups and age grades, authority in cult groups, success in hunting big game, and courage demonstrated in particular battles.

Document Number: HRAF's in-house numbering system derived from the processing order of documents 6

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. mp17-006

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 (p. 73)

Field Date: The date the researcher conducted the fieldwork or archival research that produced the document 1991-1992

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 Anthropologist-5

Analyst: The HRAF anthropologist who subject indexed the document and prepared other materials for the eHRAF culture/tradition collection. Teferi Abate Adem

Coverage Date: The date or dates that the information in the document pertains to (often not the same as the field date). 1991-1992

Coverage Place: Location of the research culture or tradition (often a smaller unit such as a band, community, or archaeological site) Sewgame, Konso Special Woreda, Southern Nations, Nationalities, and Peoples' Region, Ethiopia

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


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