Book

Nuer religion

Clarendon PressOxford • Published In 1956 • Pages:

By: Evans-Pritchard, E. E. (Edward Evan).

Abstract
This is an authoritative monograph on Nuer religion. Professor Evans-Pritchard has given a detailed account of Nuer religious beliefs and practices, as well as an analysis of the role of religion in the personal and social life of the Nuer. The impact of cultural contacts with Europeans and the surrounding tribal peoples upon the development of Nuer religious concepts and practices is also noted and clarified. The first seven chapters of the book discuss the ideas of God and spirits, soul and ghost and the concept of sin among the Nuer. Three chapters are devoted to the various forms of sacrifice and their meaning. The spear symbolism in Nuer religion and the role of priests and prophets are given a chapter each. The final chapter is Evans-Pritchard's interpretation of the nature of Nuer religious beliefs and behavior.
Subjects
Domesticated animals
General character of religion
Spirits and gods
Prayers and sacrifices
Magic
Priesthood
Logic
culture
Nuer
HRAF PubDate
2002
Region
Africa
Sub Region
Eastern Africa
Document Type
Book
Evaluation
Creator Type
Ethnologist
Document Rating
5: Excellent Primary Data
Analyst
Robert Lee ; 1957
Coverage Date
1930-1936
Coverage Place
Sobat and Jonglei Provinces, Sudan
Notes
[by E.E. Evans-Pritchard]
Includes bibliographical references
LCCN
56058065
LCSH
Nuer (African people)