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Author: Author's name as listed in Library of Congress records
Dogon culture: profane and arcane
Published in: if part or section of a book or monograph
Africa -- Vol. 38, no. 1
Published By: Original publisher
Africa -- Vol. 38, no. 1
London: Oxford University Press. 1968. 16-25 p.
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
Comparative evidence (171);
Abstract: Brief abstract written by HRAF anthropologists who have done the subject indexing for the document
This short article is actually a book review by an
anthropologist who is Reader in Anthropology at University College, London, of the book ‘Le
Renard Pâle’, written by Marcel Griaule and Germaine Dieterlen, and the book ‘Ethnologie et
Langage' by Geneviève Calame-Griaule, all well-known French ethnographers. This review
offers a brief summary of the Dogon notions about the universe (their interpretation of
myths and related rites) and the language (theory of speech). It also brings about some
critical estimation on these two books as well. Additionally, the author compares the
viewpoints of French and English schools of anthropologists in relation to the study of
Dogon cosmology and language.
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Includes bibliographical references (p. 24)
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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.
Cheng-ruey Ma ; 1970
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Coverage Place: Location of the research culture or tradition (often a smaller unit such as a band, community, or archaeological site)
Mopti Region, Mali
LCSH: Library of Congress Subject Headings
Dogons (African people)