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Author: Author's name as listed in Library of Congress records
Archer, W. G. (William George),
The hill of flutes: life, love, and poetry in tribal India : a
portrait of the Santals
Published By: Original publisher
Pittsburgh: University of Pittsburgh Press. 1974. 375 p.,
By line: Author's name as appearing in the actual publication
W. G. Archer
HRAF Publication Information: New Haven, Conn.:
Human Relations Area Files, 1998. 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
Hunting and trapping (224);
Literary texts (539);
Premarital sex relations (836);
Abortion and infanticide (847);
Abstract: Brief abstract written by HRAF anthropologists who have done the subject indexing for the document
This book presents a wide variety of ethnographic topics
dealing with the Santals of the Santal Parganas District, Bihar, India, during the period
of 1942-1946 while the author was serving as Deputy Commissioner of the district. The study
deviates somewhat from traditional monographs in that it does not deal with the material
culture aspects or modes of production of the people, nor does it provide information on
the range and dimensions of culture contact. The overall focus of this work is on certain
aspects of Santal life such as life-cycle ceremonies and festivals, sex, and love. The
study begins with a description of the ideal village, the clan system, and the world of
spirits (BONGAS), followed by a portrayal of life-cycle events (birth, childhood,
adolescence, and death), social dances, marriage and fertility, sorcery, religion, and the
annual hunt. Special emphasis in the document is on Santal poetry and songs found
interspersed throughout the text, many of which are highly erotic in nature.
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. 354-358) and
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.
John Beierle ; 1996
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)
Santal Parganas District, Bihar, India
LCSH: Library of Congress Subject Headings
Santal (South Asian people)