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Author: Author's name as listed in Library of Congress records
Parker, Arthur C.
The code of Handsome Lake, the Seneca prophet
Published By: Original publisher
Albany, N.Y.: University of the State of New York. 1913.
148 p., plates ill.
By line: Author's name as appearing in the actual publication
Arthur C. Parker
HRAF Publication Information: New Haven, Conn.:
Human Relations Area Files, 1996. 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
General character of religion (771);
Theological systems (779);
Magicians and diviners (791);
Abstract: Brief abstract written by HRAF anthropologists who have done the subject indexing for the document
This document consists mainly of a translation of the
record of the teachings of Handsome Lake, the early nineteenth century founder of the
contemporary Iroquois longhouse religion. Handsome Lake's code was received in visions and
formed the basis of a revitalization movement integrating traditional Iroquois religious
beliefs and practices with those of Christians. The record was first set down in the Seneca
language in the mid-19th century. It was memorized by Edward Cornplanter who subsequently
lost the original text. Cornplanter rewrote the text from memory in 1903. The Code is here
translated from the Seneca by William Bluesky, a Seneca lay preacher of the Baptist church.
Accounts of Seneca longhouse ceremonies that are part of the new religion and a description
of several Seneca medicine societies are also included.
Document Number: HRAF's in-house numbering system derived from the processing order of documents
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Document Type: May include journal articles, essays, collections of essays, monographs or chapters/parts of monographs.
Language: Language that the document is written in
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.
William W. Stein ; 1955
Coverage Date: The date or dates that the information in the document pertains to (often not the same as the field date).
not specified -- this is a religious
Coverage Place: Location of the research culture or tradition (often a smaller unit such as a band, community, or archaeological site)
Seneca ; New York State, United States
LCSH: Library of Congress Subject Headings