Amadiume, Ifi, 1947-. Afrikan matriarchal foundations: the Igbo case

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

Title: Afrikan matriarchal foundations: the Igbo case

Published By: Original publisher London: Karnak House. 1987. 87 p. ill.

By line: Author's name as appearing in the actual publication Ifi Amadiume

HRAF Publication Information: New Haven, Conn.: Human Relations Area Files, 2003. Computer File

Culture: Culture name from the Outline of World Cultures (OWC) with the alphanumberic OWC identifier in parenthesis. Igbo (FF26)

Subjects: Document-level OCM identifiers given by the anthropology subject indexers at HRAF Status, role, and prestige (554); Gender status (562); Lineages (613); Spirits and gods (776); Sacred objects and places (778); Prayers and sacrifices (782); Priesthood (793); Organized ceremonial (796);

Abstract: Brief abstract written by HRAF anthropologists who have done the subject indexing for the document In this work, Amadiume attempts to demonstrate that Igbo societies are based on a matriarchal foundation, as is the case in most of Africa. In her analysis of the data the author describes the many ways in which Igbo women generate and manipulate ideologies in the society, as for example, in the very sophisticated and egalitarian system, extemely favorable to women, found in the traditional system in Nnobi. At the center of this system is the worship of the goddess Idemili, a religion and culture dating back to 3000 B.C. (p. 11).

Document Number: HRAF's in-house numbering system derived from the processing order of documents 39

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. ff26-039

Document Type: May include journal articles, essays, collections of essays, monographs or chapters/parts of monographs. Monograph

Language: Language that the document is written in English

Note: Includes bibliographical references (p. 85-86)

Field Date: The date the researcher conducted the fieldwork or archival research that produced the document no date

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 Indigene, Ethnologist-5

Analyst: The HRAF anthropologist who subject indexed the document and prepared other materials for the eHRAF culture/tradition collection. John Beierle ; 2001

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) town of Nnobi, Idemili local government area, Anambra State, Nigeria

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


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