Kopytoff, Igor. 'Medicines' and the sexual transmission of disease among the Suku of Zaire: (with some relevence to AIDS)

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

Title: 'Medicines' and the sexual transmission of disease among the Suku of Zaire: (with some relevence to AIDS)

Published in: if part or section of a book or monograph Body and space: symbolic models of unity and division in African cosmology and experience, edited by Anita Jacobson-Widding

Published By: Original publisher Body and space: symbolic models of unity and division in African cosmology and experience, edited by Anita Jacobson-Widding Stockholm: Almqvist & Wiksell International. 1991. 303-314 p.

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

HRAF Publication Information: New Haven, Conn.: Human Relations Area Files, 2016. Computer File

Culture: Culture name from the Outline of World Cultures (OWC) with the alphanumberic OWC identifier in parenthesis. Suku (FO46)

Subjects: Document-level OCM identifiers given by the anthropology subject indexers at HRAF Theory of disease (753); Medical therapy (757); Shamans and psychotherapists (756); Ethnopsychology (828); Lineages (613); Gender roles and issues (890); Ethnoanatomy (826); Sorcery (754); Pharmaceuticals (278); Sex and marital offenses (684); Purification and atonement (783); Avoidance and taboo (784);

Abstract: Brief abstract written by HRAF anthropologists who have done the subject indexing for the document This article discusses the cultural meanings and medicinal functions of traditional Suku religious objects called "lineage medicines." These are associated with lineages because, unlike other types of Suku medicine, they are held not by individuals but by the matrilineage. An important function of such medicines is ensuring the corporate wellbeing of matrilineages by controlling the transmission of disease and misfortune due to sexual relations.

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. fo46-006

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. 314)

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 Anthropologist-5

Analyst: The HRAF anthropologist who subject indexed the document and prepared other materials for the eHRAF culture/tradition collection. Teferi Abate Adem ; 2014

Coverage Date: The date or dates that the information in the document pertains to (often not the same as the field date). 1920-1959

Coverage Place: Location of the research culture or tradition (often a smaller unit such as a band, community, or archaeological site) Kwango district, Bandundu, Democratic Republic of the Congo

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

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