The Dynamics of Clanship among the Tallensi, Being the First Part of An Analysis of the Social Structure of a Trans-Volta Tribe

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INDEX
Abduction of wife, 42, 90, 245.
Adultery, ordeal, 229.
Agnatic, ancestor, 31, 35; descent, 45 see Patriliny; notion of unilineal descent, 47.
Agriculture, Tale —, 9.
Alinement, funeral ceremonies as criteria of social —, 121.
Amity, 105; common sacrifice as pledge of mutual —, 98.
Ancestor, psychological value of cult, 9; agnatic —, 31see Agnatic; in lineage structure, 31; cult as calculus of lineage system, 33, 130; sacrifices to founding —, 43, 98, significance of, 52 see also bayar; Mosuor as common —, 22, 43; graves and shrines as focus of subclan's unity, 55; anonymity of in totemic myths, 68, 128 ff.; blasphemy against, 130; —s as sanction of lineage unity, 135, 144, 215, 244, 248; symbolism of immortality of —s, 143; attributes of —s and their symbolism, 145; —s symbolized by animals, 145; —s in relation to farm-land, 178; founding —'s homestead as sacred spot, 208, 218; sites of —s' graves, 209; obligatory sacrifices to lineage —s, 228.
Animals, division of at funeral ceremonies, 44; transformation of, 68; most commonly tabooed, 140, not of one class, 141; symbolism, 142, 145.
Autochthonous communities in Voltaic region, 6, 7.
Avoidances, see Taboo, Totemic.
Ba'ari, relation to Zubiuη, 82; clanship ties of, 87, 118; internal constitution, of, 88; joking partnership, 91; ritual collaboration, 101, 120.
Ba'at Da'a, 101, 116; see
bayar (pl. baya) = shrine of ancestor or other spirit, 52, 142.
Beer, division of at funeral ceremonies, 44.
Bégué, L., I (note).
bits (sing. bii) = children, 33see Lineage.
Binger, Capitaine, 16 (note).
Biuk, 39, 42; links with Garisi, 60.
Biuη, 28; Chief of —, 73, 162; see also Zoo; size and layout of —, 74.
Bona'ab see External Bayar.
Boundaries, absence of between tribes, 16; Tongo has no fixed territorial —, 160; social of a settlement, 161 ff., 169; social of Tongo, 161, 170; of Tεndaana's tεη, not defined, 185, 186, shaped by social relationship, 187.
Boundary, disputes, 163, cases of, 164.
External (pl. = common shrine of all ancestors of constituent maximal lineages of a clan, 100; of the Talis, 57, 220; Duunkpaləg as ritual focus of clan, 79; complementary to Earth shrine, 80 ff., 100; symbolizes lineage continuity, 81; as apex of ancestor cult, 100, 137; as unifying force in social structure, 101, 110; initiation cult, 104; organization of cult of, 104; as polar principle to Earth cult, 104 ff., 108, 182; names of, 106; Bona'ab, 106, 109-12, 130, 252; parochial and universal aspect of —, 106; as organizing principle of social structure, io8; totemic avoidances connected with —, 130, 137, 138; ritual and moral sanctions in cult, 131; pilgrim traffic to —, 131, 252; in relation to patriliny, 131; spiritual wards of, 132; client clans outside Taleland, 132, 252; oath by —, 138; destroys perjurer, 138.
bayar (pl. baya) = shrine of founding ancestor, 42, 52 (note 2); of clans and lineages, 43, 213; of Sie‐ 47; chief of Tongo owns Mosuor's —, 52, 54; succession disputes, 70; significance of in clanship, 98.
dugni= lineage shrine, 81; relation to External Bayar, 81; definition of, 100; description of, 101; inheritance of, 150, role of women in, 149, 150; of fathers' and mothers' lineage, 197, 200.
see Festival, Harvest.
Bride-price, responsibility for, 230.
British, influence of rule, 10; rule as factor of disequilibrium, 250.
Brotherhood, see
Brothers see residential relations of —, 207.
Brothers (soog), see Uterine; residential relations of —, 207.
Bunkiuk, clanship ties of, 89, 254.

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