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Author: Author's name as listed in Library of Congress records
Les Masa du Tchad: Bétail et société
Published By: Original publisher
Cambridge ; New York ; Paris: Cambridge University Press ; Maison des sciences de l'homme. 1983. 276 p. ill., maps
By line: Author's name as appearing in the actual publication
HRAF Publication Information: New Haven, Conn.:
Human Relations Area Files, 2020. 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
Domesticated animals (231);
Settlement patterns (361);
Athletic sports (526);
Status, role, and prestige (554);
Mode of marriage (583);
Community structure (621);
Instigation of war (721);
Abstract: Brief abstract written by HRAF anthropologists who have done the subject indexing for the document
This major ethnography focuses on the institution of the cattle-tending group, which also serves as the basic sociopolitical unit above the household. While most members of a cattle-tending group belong to one lineage, outsiders can join as long as they follow its norms and regulations. The groups play a role in the main agricultural ceremonies and festivals, marked by dancing and wrestling. Preliminary to the festivals, young men partake in so-called milk cures to gain weight.
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
Includes bibliographical references (p. 261-266) and index
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.
Ian Skoggard; 2020
Coverage Date: The date or dates that the information in the document pertains to (often not the same as the field date).
Coverage Place: Location of the research culture or tradition (often a smaller unit such as a band, community, or archaeological site)
Mayo-Kebbi Est region, Chad
LCSH: Library of Congress Subject Headings
Masa (African people)--Social life and customs//Cattle--Religious aspects//Cattle--Chad--Folklore