Garine, I. de. Sociocultural aspects of the male fattening sessions among the Massa of Northern Cameroon

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

Title: Sociocultural aspects of the male fattening sessions among the Massa of Northern Cameroon

Published in: if part or section of a book or monograph Social aspects of obesity, edited by Igor de Garine and Nancy J. Pollock

Published By: Original publisher Social aspects of obesity, edited by Igor de Garine and Nancy J. Pollock Luxembourg: Gordon and Breach Publishers. 1995. 45-70 p. ill.

By line: Author's name as appearing in the actual publication Igor de Garine

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. Masa (FI21)

Subjects: Document-level OCM identifiers given by the anthropology subject indexers at HRAF Gratification and control of hunger (261); Diet (262); Ethnoanatomy (826); Sexual stimulation (832);

Abstract: Brief abstract written by HRAF anthropologists who have done the subject indexing for the document This document focuses on the practice by Masa men of eating large meals of porridge and milk to achieve an ideal large body size that women find sexually attractive. Such overeating is done in groups or individually, and brings prestige to lineage groups and communities. The author discusses various etic reasons for the practice.

Document Number: HRAF's in-house numbering system derived from the processing order of documents 5

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. fi21-005

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. 68-70)

Field Date: The date the researcher conducted the fieldwork or archival research that produced the document 1958-1959

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; 2020

Coverage Date: The date or dates that the information in the document pertains to (often not the same as the field date). 1958-1959

Coverage Place: Location of the research culture or tradition (often a smaller unit such as a band, community, or archaeological site) Mayo-Danay department, Far North region, Cameroon

LCSH: Library of Congress Subject Headings Masa (African people)--Cameroon--Social life and customs//Cameroon--Social conditions//Body size--Cameroon--Social aspects//Overweight persons--Cameroon--Social life and customs


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