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Author: Author's name as listed in Library of Congress records
Maasaw: profile of a Hopi god
Published By: Original publisher
Lincoln: University of Nebraska Press. 1987. ix, 273 p.
By line: Author's name as appearing in the actual publication
Ekkehart Malotki, Michael Lomatuway'ma ; drawings by Petra
HRAF Publication Information: New Haven, Conn.:
Human Relations Area Files, 2000. 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
Spirits and gods (776);
Organized ceremonial (796);
Texts in the speaker's language (901);
Texts translated into english (902);
Abstract: Brief abstract written by HRAF anthropologists who have done the subject indexing for the document
The god Maasaw is without doubt one of the most important
beings in the entire pantheon of Hopi mythological figures. His pervasiveness in Hopi
culture is reflected in the great variety of folk beliefs associated with him as a god, as
well as the numerous tales in which he acts as the protagonist. This document investigates
the rise in status of Maasaw from that of a prankster and trickster to that of a
near-monotheistic divinity. The author describes his many roles as god of death and ruler
of the underworld, aboriginal proprietor of the earth, the owner of fire and crops, the
maker of all things animal and vegetable, the giver and caretaker of life, the defender of
Hopi ways, and as a powerful war deity. Today (1990s) Maasaw …"is regarded as either Satan
or Great Spirit within Hopi society" (p. 4).
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
English and Hopi
Includes bibliographical references (p. 263-268)
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; 1999
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)
Second and Third Mesa pueblos, northeastern
Arizona, United States
LCSH: Library of Congress Subject Headings