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Author: Author's name as listed in Library of Congress records
Brain, James Lewton
Kingalu: a myth of origin from eastern Tanzania
Published in: if part or section of a book or monograph
Anthropos -- Vol. 66, no. 5/6
Published By: Original publisher
Anthropos -- Vol. 66, no. 5/6
Freiburg, Switzerland: Anthropos Institute, Paulsdruckerei. 1971. 817-838 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.
Subjects: Document-level OCM identifiers given by the anthropology subject indexers at HRAF
Traditional history (173);
Verbal arts (5310);
Rule of descent (611);
Status, role, and prestige (554);
Inter-community relations (628);
Avoidance and taboo (784);
Kin relationships (602);
Functional and adaptational interpretations (182);
Abstract: Brief abstract written by HRAF anthropologists who have done the subject indexing for the document
This is a theoretically-informed analysis of major events, characters and motives in a popular and well-documented Luguru origin myth. By interpreting its contents from different angles, the author argues that it holds the key to understanding the dynamics of Luguru matrilineages and cultural ethos. For example, when viewed as a context-specific oral tradition the myth outlines a series of local events relevant for reconstructing the spatial distribution and subsequent interaction of different matriclans. The myth can also be viewed as an epic charter for legitimizing inequalities and structural cleavages along gender, age, and seniority.
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. 836-838)
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.
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).
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)