Evans-Pritchard, E. E., (Edward Evan), 1902-1973. Zande Kings and Princes

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Title: Zande Kings and Princes

Published in: Essays in social anthropology

Published By: Essays in social anthropology London: Faber and Faber, 1962. 87-116 p.

By line: E. E. Evans-Pritchard

HRAF Publication Information: New Haven, Conn.: HRAF, 1999. Computer File

Culture: Azande (FO07)

Subjects: Chief executive (643); Life history materials (159); Executive household (644);

Abstract: This article is rich in its descriptive detail and depth of characterization of several notable Azande kings and princes famous in 19th century pre-colonial Azande history. The data are derived mostly from primary historical accounts and from oral traditions which Evans-Pritchard collected in the course of his field work with the Azande. Rather extensive biographical sketches are presented of some of the more prominent kings, and briefer information on numerous less well known members of the royalty. The objective is to delineate the personality, character, conduct, and manners of Azande rulers. A fairly consistent picture emerges from the historical sources, which correlates well with the author’s impression of the present-day ruling class. Most Azande kings and princes were characterized by a “natural dignity of bearing, unostentatious pride, distinguished air, courteous manners, cordiality, self-assurance, composure, reserve, reflectiveness, and generosity, and... intelligence and calm, sound judgment, firmness, astuteness, and prudence” (p. 116). Nineteenth-century authors only rarely report a ruler as being cruel or brutal, arrogant, harsh or rude, and so forth.

Document Number: 58

Document ID: fo07-058

Document Type: essay

Language: English


This article was originally published in the Anthropological Quarterly, 1957

Includes bibliographical references

Field Date: 1926-1930

Evaluation: Social Anthropologist-4,5

Analyst: Gilbert Winer; Robert O. Lagacé; 1968-1969

Coverage Date: ca. 1865-ca. 1905

Coverage Place: Sudan

LCSH: Zande (African people)


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