Beek, W. E. A. van. Dogon restudied: a field evaluation of the work of Marcel Griaule

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

Title: Dogon restudied: a field evaluation of the work of Marcel Griaule

Published in: if part or section of a book or monograph Current anthropology -- Vol. 32, no. 2

Published By: Original publisher Current anthropology -- Vol. 32, no. 2 Chicago, Ill.: University of Chicago Press. 1991. 139-167 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 Reviews and critiques (114);

Abstract: Brief abstract written by HRAF anthropologists who have done the subject indexing for the document Van Beek was unable to corroborate in the field Marcel Griaule's epic monographs on Dogon religion, ‘Dieu d’eau' and ‘Le renard pâle,’ written fifty years before. He argues that these texts were a product of Griaule's fanciful imagination and personal mission to find a coherent and profound system of thought south of the Sahara. According to van Beek, the Dogon he interviewed do not attribute nearly as much significance to the water god, Nommo, the fox, or the star Sirus as did Griaule. Van Beek considers Dogon myths a bricolage which Griaule tried to fit together into some magnus opus. This document includes comments by other anthropologists. Mary Douglas argues that the esoteric and occult knowledge of Dogon elders related in Griaule's work could easily have been lost over the last fifty years as their authority and power wanned.

Document Number: HRAF's in-house numbering system derived from the processing order of documents 31

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. fa16-031

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. 165-167)

Field Date: The date the researcher conducted the fieldwork or archival research that produced the document 1979-1989

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 Ethnologist-4,5

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). 1979-1989

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

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


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