Brain, James Lewton. Boys' initiation rites among the Luguru of eastern Tanzania

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

Title: Boys' initiation rites among the Luguru of eastern Tanzania

Published in: if part or section of a book or monograph Anthropos -- Vol. 75, no. 3/4

Published By: Original publisher Anthropos -- Vol. 75, no. 3/4 Freiburg, Switzerland: Anthropos Institute, Paulsdruckerei. 1980. 369-382 p.

By line: Author's name as appearing in the actual publication James L. Brain

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. Luguru (FN32)

Subjects: Document-level OCM identifiers given by the anthropology subject indexers at HRAF Puberty and initiation (881); Ceremonial during infancy and childhood (852); Techniques of socialization (861); Sex training (864); Transmission of cultural norms (867); Functional and adaptational interpretations (182); Gender roles and issues (890); Gender status (562); Naming (553); Avoidance and taboo (784); Adolescent activities (883);

Abstract: Brief abstract written by HRAF anthropologists who have done the subject indexing for the document Luguru youth are initiated into adulthood through extensive rites. For boys, the rituals involve isolation in a remote forest where they receive secret instructions as a group on a range of issues, including sexual intercourse, personal hygiene, politeness, and other preferred practices. For girls, the initiation instead requires living in isolation in a dark room for several months. This study discusses boys' initiation rites as having both symbolic and sociological functions relevant for understanding psychological tensions and power differentials between genders, generations, and lineage groups.

Document Number: HRAF's in-house numbering system derived from the processing order of documents 6

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. fn32-006

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. 381-382)

Field Date: The date the researcher conducted the fieldwork or archival research that produced the document 1965-1966

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 Anthropologist-5

Analyst: The HRAF anthropologist who subject indexed the document and prepared other materials for the eHRAF culture/tradition collection. Teferi Abate Adem; 2020

Coverage Date: The date or dates that the information in the document pertains to (often not the same as the field date). 1965-1966

Coverage Place: Location of the research culture or tradition (often a smaller unit such as a band, community, or archaeological site) Uluguru Mountains, Morogoro Region, Tanzania

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


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