Aginsky, Bernard W. (Bernard Willard), 1905-. The socio-psychological significance of death among the Pomo Indians

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

Title: The socio-psychological significance of death among the Pomo Indians

Published in: if part or section of a book or monograph The American imago -- Vol. 1

Published By: Original publisher The American imago -- Vol. 1 [Baltimore, Md., etc.]: Johns Hopkins University Press [etc.]. 1940. 1-11 p.

By line: Author's name as appearing in the actual publication B. W. Aginsky

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. Pomo (NS18)

Subjects: Document-level OCM identifiers given by the anthropology subject indexers at HRAF Drives and emotions (152); Ethos (181); Theory of disease (753); Sorcery (754); Magical and mental therapy (755); Shamans and psychotherapists (756); Life and death (761); Suicide (762); Eschatology (775); Spirits and gods (776);

Abstract: Brief abstract written by HRAF anthropologists who have done the subject indexing for the document This article deals with the concept of death among the Pomo, primarily as it manifests itself as the result of the direct or sometimes indirect retaliation either from the supernaturals as a penalty for the violation of a taboo or coming into physical contact with them, or as a result of sorcery worked upon by one's enemies. The author concludes that the great number of anxieties and anxiety producing situations in which the Pomo were involved, were instrumental in inducing psychotic states akin to what we term suicide. This state, unless treated by psycho-magical/medical therapy as practiced by Pomo curing doctors, often led to death of the individual.

Document Number: HRAF's in-house numbering system derived from the processing order of documents 12

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. ns18-012

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

Field Date: The date the researcher conducted the fieldwork or archival research that produced the document 1934-1935

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 Ethnologist-5

Analyst: The HRAF anthropologist who subject indexed the document and prepared other materials for the eHRAF culture/tradition collection. John Beierle ; 1960

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) northern California , United States

LCSH: Library of Congress Subject Headings Pomo Indians


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