Assefa, Taye. Dreams in Amharic prose fiction

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

Title: Dreams in Amharic prose fiction

Published in: if part or section of a book or monograph Journal of Ethiopian studies - Vol. 21

Published By: Original publisher Journal of Ethiopian studies - Vol. 21 Addis Ababa: Haile Selassie I University, Institute of Ethiopian Studies. 1988. 155-183 p.

By line: Author's name as appearing in the actual publication Taye Assefa

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. Amhara (MP05)

Subjects: Document-level OCM identifiers given by the anthropology subject indexers at HRAF Literature (538); Literary texts (539); Revelation and divination (787);

Abstract: Brief abstract written by HRAF anthropologists who have done the subject indexing for the document This is a study of the role of dreams in Amhara prose fiction published between 1932 and 1981. Dreams are used in some cases to advance the plot of a story, but for the most part are illustrative and used to reiterate events already recounted, or to express the underlying emotional and psychological state of the dreamer/character. Assefa identifies two types of dreams: prescriptive waking visions and prophetic sleep-dreams. In the former, a divine agent instructs the dreamer what to do, in the latter a future event is symbolically foretold, the meaning of which the dreamer may or may not comprehend. The symbolism can be complex and is usually based on religious narratives. The article includes many examples of the different kinds of dreams and symbolism found in Amhara fiction.

Document Number: HRAF's in-house numbering system derived from the processing order of documents 16

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. mp05-016

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

Language: Language that the document is written in English

Note: Includes bibliographical references (p. 180-183)

Field Date: The date the researcher conducted the fieldwork or archival research that produced the document unknown

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 unknown

Analyst: The HRAF anthropologist who subject indexed the document and prepared other materials for the eHRAF culture/tradition collection. Ian Skoggard ; 1996

Coverage Date: The date or dates that the information in the document pertains to (often not the same as the field date). 1932-1981

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

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


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