Apatani ritual procession

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Apatani ritual procession
Fürer-Haimendorf, Christoph von, 1909-1995 ( Photographer )
Furer-Haimendorf, Christoph von, 1909-1995 ( contributor )
Haimendorf, Christoph Von Fürer- (1909-1995); anthropologist ( contributor )
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Photographic film: 35mm B&W negative, Eastman Kodak : Super XX ( medium )


Subjects / Keywords:
Feasts of Merit (ceremony)
Processions ( lcsh )
मेरिट के भोज
Apatani (Indic people) ( LCSH )
एशिया -- भारत -- अरुणाचल प्रदेश -- निचली सुबनसिरी जिला -- अपतानी नदी घाटी
Apatani ( ethnicity )
अपतानी जनजाति ( ethnicity )
Spatial Coverage:
Asia -- India -- Arunachal Pradesh -- Lower Subansiri District -- Apatani River valley
27.8 x 93.6


These Apatani boys and man, skirting a bamboo plantation on the edge of the Apatani valley, are part of a longer procession during a large feast Murung (Feast of Merit), : the very small boy in front carries a large brass plate, which is struck with bamboo sticks the only musical instrument among Apatanis, : Each boy wears a ceremonial white shawl and carries, on his back, a special kind of rucksack, with a flap that can be used as a shelf for carrying loads or flipped up to cover the head during rain : Each year, several Apatani families celebrate this three-week long feast, involving mithun and cow sacrifice, and complex gift-giving between the feast sponsor and various kin and ceremonial friends : During the procession, which takes place more than a week after the large animal sacrifice on the first day, the shaman leads a long line of young boys and men belonging to the sponsor's clan : Dressed in ceremonial finery and brandishing their machetes, they walk through the entire Apatani valley only 8 kilometres long and 4 across, visiting all nine villages, and visit each ritual platform in each village : at every platform, they perform a simple dance and are given food and drink. ( en )
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General Note:
Christoph von Fürer-Haimendorf (1909-1995) was born and educated in Vienna, gaining a PhD in anthropology from the University of Vienna in 1931. A grant from the Rockefeller Foundation enabled him to study at the London School of Economics, under the anthropologist Bronislaw Malinowski. In 1936, he went to the Naga Hills in northeast India for his first fieldwork; over the next four decades, he worked extensively in south & central India, northeast India and Nepal. In 1950 he was appointed Professor of Anthropology at SOAS, where he established the Department of Anthropology. During his career, he published seventeen books, most of them ethnographies of tribal cultures. He was President of the Royal Anthropological Institute (1975-77) and a pioneer in the field of visual anthropology.
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This scene was photographed on or approximate to 19450208
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Other designation of photograph: 188/15/Michi BaminHaja (Feb 1945)
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Original Container: BW Negatives Box III
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For descriptive reference, see: PP MS 19, Diary, p. 88
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Haimendorf's reference: 188_15_Michi Bamin-Haja (Feb 194
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BW Negatives Box III
Funded in the United Kingdom by JISC
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SOAS name authority for "Haimendorf, Christoph Von Fürer- (1909-1995); anthropologist" is GB/NNAF/P146323.
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VIAF (name authority) : Fürer-Haimendorf, Christoph von, 1909-1995 : record number 109123273

Record Information

Source Institution:
SOAS, University of London
Holding Location:
Archives and Special Collections
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© 1945, The Estate of Christoph von Fürer-Haimendorf. The Estate is currently (2015) represented by Nicholas Haimendorf, son of Christoph von Fürer-Haimendorf. ----- Creative Commons (by-nc-nd). -- This image may be used in accord with Creative Commons license Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs.
Resource Identifier:
PP MS 19/6/APA/0646 ( SOAS manuscript number )
188_15_Michi Bamin-Haja (Feb 194 ( Haimendorf reference )