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Author: Author's name as listed in Library of Congress records
Nuer customs and folklore
Published By: Original publisher
London: International Institute of African Language and
Culture. 1931. xv, 108 p., plates
By line: Author's name as appearing in the actual publication
By Ray Huffman, with an introd. by D. Westermann
HRAF Publication Information: New Haven, Conn.:
Human Relations Area Files, 2002. 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
Body alterations (304);
Daily routine (512);
Literary texts (539);
Mode of marriage (583);
Puberty and initiation (881);
Abstract: Brief abstract written by HRAF anthropologists who have done the subject indexing for the document
Huffman, a missionary who has lived among the Nuer for
several years and speaks the language, presents here a concise account of their material
culture and social life. There are chapters on the Nuer history, economy, daily routine,
language, religious beliefs, and customs relating to birth, initiation, courtship, marriage
and death. Representative examples of Nuer folk tales are also included. Huffman's
presentation is mostly factual with almost no attempt at interpretation. Occasionally,
personal value judgment enters into the account, but a sympathetic tone is maintained
throughout the book.
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
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.
Robert Lee ; 1957
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)
Sobat and Jonglei Provinces, Sudan
LCSH: Library of Congress Subject Headings
Nuer (African people)