Various items of ethnographic information on the 563 societies covered in this volume will be presented in codified or symbolic form in the next chapter. The task of the present chapter is to define the symbols in an intelligible manner. Separate columns are devoted to particular subjects. Absence of dependable information on any item is indicated by a period (.) in the appropriate position in the tables. The symbols used in the several columns, consisting in every case of numbers and/or letters, are defined below.
Column 1: Identification. Each society bears an identifying number, consisting of a capital letter followed by two digits and a lowercase letter. The capitals denote the six major ethnographic regions, as follows:
|A|| Africa, exclusive of the northern and northeastern portions of the|
Circum-Mediterranean, including North Africa, Europe, and the|
|E|| East Asia, exclusive of the Near East, Indonesia, and the Philip-|
|I||Insular Pacific, embracing Australia and all the islands of Oceania.|
|N|| North America, including the indigenous societies of this conti-|
nent as far south as the Isthmus of Tehuantepec.
|S|| South America, including the Antilles, Yucatan, and Central|
The digits, from 01 to 25, denote the twenty-five provinces into which each region is divided, usually on linguistic grounds, to assure a relative time depth for each of well in excess of one thousand years. The lowercase letters distinguish the societies of a province from one another.
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Publication information: Book title: Atlas of World Cultures. Contributors: George Peter Murdock - Author. Publisher: University of Pittsburgh Press. Place of publication: Pittsburgh. Publication year: 1981. Page number: 91.
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