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Author: Author's name as listed in Library of Congress records
Henry, Jos. (Joseph)
The Soul of an African people: The Bambara: their psychic,
ethical, religious and social life
Published By: Original publisher
Münster i. W.: Aschendorff. 1910. v, 238 p.,  leaves
of plates ill.
By line: Author's name as appearing in the actual publication
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.
Subjects: Document-level OCM identifiers given by the anthropology subject indexers at HRAF
Descriptive somatology (142);
Normal garb (291);
Body alterations (304);
Water supply (312);
Domestic service (357);
Borrowing and lending (426);
Life and death (761);
Burial practices and funerals (764);
Difficult and unusual births (845);
Abortion and infanticide (847);
Activities of the aged (887);
Abstract: Brief abstract written by HRAF anthropologists who have done the subject indexing for the document
This volume is a study of the religion and some aspects of
the life cycle of the Bambara by a French Roman Catholic missionary who had spent some
years among them around the turn of the century. In the course of the work, Henry discusses
the Bambara mentality and taboos, animism, general ideas on human life, Bambara ideas of
God and other beings, fetishism, cults and sacrifices, the early life of the Bambara,
circumcision and excision, marriage and death. Henry's views on the Bambara are highly
colored by his own religious background, but, allowing for this, he was a very perceptive
observer of Bambara life.
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 translation from French
Translation of: [L'ame d'un peuple Africain. Les
Bambara leur vie psychique, ethique, sociale, religieuse] Translated for the HRAF files by
Anne Coleman in 1960
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.
Timothy J. O'Leary ; 1960
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LCSH: Library of Congress Subject Headings
Bambara (African people)