Paul, Robert A.. Recruitment to monasticism among the Sherpas

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

Title: Recruitment to monasticism among the Sherpas

Published in: if part or section of a book or monograph Personality and the cultural construction of society: papers in honor of Melford E. Spiro, edited by David K. Jordan and Marc J. Swartz

Published By: Original publisher Personality and the cultural construction of society: papers in honor of Melford E. Spiro, edited by David K. Jordan and Marc J. Swartz Tuscaloosa: The University of Alabama Press. 1990. 254-274, 359-392 p.

By line: Author's name as appearing in the actual publication Robert A. Paul

HRAF Publication Information: New Haven, Conn.: Human Relations Area Files, 2004. Computer File

Culture: Culture name from the Outline of World Cultures (OWC) with the alphanumberic OWC identifier in parenthesis. Sherpa (AK06)

Subjects: Document-level OCM identifiers given by the anthropology subject indexers at HRAF Information sources listed in other works (113); Personality development (155); Shamans and psychotherapists (756); Eschatology (775); Magicians and diviners (791); Prophets and ascetics (792); Ethnopsychology (828);

Abstract: Brief abstract written by HRAF anthropologists who have done the subject indexing for the document In this paper, Paul uses a Freudian generative model of psyche and culture, one expounded in his book 'The Tibetan Symbolic World' (1982), to explain the recruitment pattern of Sherpa monks. According to Paul the transition between junior and senior males is fraught with anxiety. Without the early development of a strong ego, this transition is often aborted. According to his survey, many monks came from homes in which either the father or mother had died or left home. He argues that without the presence of mature adult in the home to support the full development of a child's ego, the child is unable to make the transition to a sexually mature adult during adolescence and instead opts out for a life of celibacy and monkhood.

Document Number: HRAF's in-house numbering system derived from the processing order of documents 19

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. ak06-019

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. 359-389)

Field Date: The date the researcher conducted the fieldwork or archival research that produced the document not specified

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 ; 2002

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

Coverage Place: Location of the research culture or tradition (often a smaller unit such as a band, community, or archaeological site) Solu-Khumba region, Nepal

LCSH: Library of Congress Subject Headings Sherpa (Nepalese people)

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