Ajisafe, Ajayi Kolawole. The laws and customs of the Yoruba people

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

Title: The laws and customs of the Yoruba people

Published By: Original publisher London: George Routledge & Sons, Ltd.. 1924. x, 97 p. ill.

By line: Author's name as appearing in the actual publication by A. K. Ajisafe ; with a portrait of the author

HRAF Publication Information: New Haven, Conn.: Human Relations Area Files, 2009. Computer File

Culture: Culture name from the Outline of World Cultures (OWC) with the alphanumberic OWC identifier in parenthesis. Yoruba (FF62)

Subjects: Document-level OCM identifiers given by the anthropology subject indexers at HRAF Etiquette (576); Visiting and hospitality (574); Sanctions (681); Judicial authority (692); Trial procedure (695); Contracts (675); Wrongs (673); Household (592); Real property (423); Slavery (567); Acculturation and culture contact (177); Territorial hierarchy (631); Status, role, and prestige (554); Taxation and public income (651); Regulation of marriage (582);

Abstract: Brief abstract written by HRAF anthropologists who have done the subject indexing for the document This is an account of the laws and customs of the Yoruba in general, collected by a member of the Egba subtribe over a period of several years. A number of diverse subjects, from judicial procedure and punishment for criminal behavior to kinship terminology and the etiquette of visiting are covered. Although valuable because of the insight presented by a person subject to and participating in the customs related, this document can hardly be considered a codification of formal tribal law and custom. The author himself admits the inclusion of many practices which are 'obsolete, impracticable, and those modified by Christianity and British occupation.'In some, but not all cases obsolete practices are identified as such. The detailed information, diversity of subject, and native point of view are the major valves of this document.

Document Number: HRAF's in-house numbering system derived from the processing order of documents 3

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. ff62-003

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

Field Date: The date the researcher conducted the fieldwork or archival research that produced the document 1906-1920

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-5

Analyst: The HRAF anthropologist who subject indexed the document and prepared other materials for the eHRAF culture/tradition collection. George R. Bedell ; 1959

Coverage Date: The date or dates that the information in the document pertains to (often not the same as the field date). 1900-1924

Coverage Place: Location of the research culture or tradition (often a smaller unit such as a band, community, or archaeological site) Nigeria

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


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