Smith, M. G. (Michael Garfield). Cosmology, practice, and social organization among the Kadara and Kagoro

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

Title: Cosmology, practice, and social organization among the Kadara and Kagoro

Published in: if part or section of a book or monograph Ethnology--Vol. 21, No. 1

Published By: Original publisher Ethnology--Vol. 21, No. 1 Pittsburgh: University of Pittsburgh. 1982. 1-20 p.

By line: Author's name as appearing in the actual publication M. G. Smith

HRAF Publication Information: New Haven, Conn.: Human Relations Area Files, 2015. Computer File

Culture: Culture name from the Outline of World Cultures (OWC) with the alphanumberic OWC identifier in parenthesis. Katab (FF38)

Subjects: Document-level OCM identifiers given by the anthropology subject indexers at HRAF Marriage (580); Localized kin groups (618); Sorcery (754); Cult of the dead (769); Religious beliefs (770); Ecclesiastical organization (790);

Abstract: Brief abstract written by HRAF anthropologists who have done the subject indexing for the document This is a comparison of Kagoro and Kadara (FF34) religion and social organization. Both groups are organized into exogamous, localized patrilineages with only a village-level political organization, and practice polygamy, serial polyandry, and wife-abduction. Major differences in social organization are the presence of moieties among the Kagoro and age-sets among the Kadara. With respect to religion, both groups share similar practices and beliefs including: the calendrical [n]ci[/n] rites that organized the seasonal round of agriculture and other subsistence activities; the Obwai and head-hunting cults; the dual religious and political role of priests; a creator god identified with the sun; and witchcraft. A stark difference is that the Kagoro do not believe in an after-life or ancestral spirits.

Document Number: HRAF's in-house numbering system derived from the processing order of documents 7

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. ff38-007

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. 20)

Field Date: The date the researcher conducted the fieldwork or archival research that produced the document 1950

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-5

Analyst: The HRAF anthropologist who subject indexed the document and prepared other materials for the eHRAF culture/tradition collection. Ian Skoggard; 2012

Coverage Date: The date or dates that the information in the document pertains to (often not the same as the field date). 1950

Coverage Place: Location of the research culture or tradition (often a smaller unit such as a band, community, or archaeological site) north-central Nigeria

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


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