Oyler, D. S.. The Shilluk's belief in the evil eye, the evil medicine man

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Title: The Shilluk's belief in the evil eye, the evil medicine man

Published in: Sudan notes and records -- Vol. 2

Published By: Sudan notes and records -- Vol. 2 Khartoum: [s.n.], 1919. 122-137 p.

By line: D. S. Oyler

HRAF Publication Information: New Haven, Conn.: HRAF, 2010. Computer File

Culture: Shilluk (FJ23)

Subjects: Sorcery (754); Theory of disease (753); Morbidity (164); Magical and mental therapy (755); Shamans and psychotherapists (756); Ethnoanatomy (826); Abortion and infanticide (847);

Abstract: This article, by a missionary, deals with Shilluk beliefs in sorcery. The author discusses the evil eye and the diseases attributed to this power, the social position and relations of persons believed to possess the evil eye, the manner in which such power is passed on to others, and the treatment of diseases attributed to this power. The jal yat or evil medicine man is discussed in similar terms. In addition some materials are offered on infanticide and on norms of behavior related to Shilluk beliefs in sorcery.

Document Number: 11

Document ID: fj23-011

Document Type: Journal Article

Language: English

Field Date: ca. 1918

Evaluation: Missionary-5

Analyst: Betty Potash ; 1960

Coverage Date: 1900-1919

Coverage Place: Sudan

LCSH: Shilluk (African people)


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