Beek, W. E. A. van. Becoming human in Dogon, Mali

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

Title: Becoming human in Dogon, Mali

Published in: if part or section of a book or monograph Coming into existence : birth and metaphors of birth, edited with an introduction by Göran Aijmer

Published By: Original publisher Coming into existence : birth and metaphors of birth, edited with an introduction by Göran Aijmer Goteborg, Sweden: Institute for Advanced Studies in Social Anthropology. 1992. 47-70, 154-159 p.

By line: Author's name as appearing in the actual publication Walter E. A. van Beek

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. Dogon (FA16)

Subjects: Document-level OCM identifiers given by the anthropology subject indexers at HRAF Age stratification (561); Gender status (562); Mythology (773); Organized ceremonial (796); Ideas about nature and people (820); Reproduction (840); Puberty and initiation (881);

Abstract: Brief abstract written by HRAF anthropologists who have done the subject indexing for the document In this article van Beek discusses women's fertility and Dogon ideas and practices surrounding menstruation, pregnancy, childbirth, and naming. He then discusses the SIGUI ceremony which happens once every sixty years. The sigui ceremony is a ritual of renewel and initiation in which only men participate. Men are reborn from the bush with a new personhood (INé) and minds (HAKILé), and with enhanced powers and fertility. According to van Beek, the sigui ceremony inverts the rituals associated with pregnancy and childbirth and endow men and the patrilineage with creative powers. The ceremony stresses ‘the fleeting male creation by man of himself against the continuing chain of life generated by the women' (p. 70).

Document Number: HRAF's in-house numbering system derived from the processing order of documents 28

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. fa16-028

Document Type: May include journal articles, essays, collections of essays, monographs or chapters/parts of monographs. Essay

Language: Language that the document is written in English

Note: Includes bibliographical references (p. 154-159)

Field Date: The date the researcher conducted the fieldwork or archival research that produced the document 1978-1989

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 Ethnographer-5

Analyst: The HRAF anthropologist who subject indexed the document and prepared other materials for the eHRAF culture/tradition collection. Ian Skoggard ;1999

Coverage Date: The date or dates that the information in the document pertains to (often not the same as the field date). 1978-1989

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

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

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