Huffman, Ray. Nuer customs and folklore

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Chapter One The Tribe—history And Appear Ance

Stories Of Origin

Appearance And Clothing


Chapter Two Resources Of The Nuer

Wild Animals And Cattle

The Fishing Season

The Food-supply

The Nuer In Business

Chapter Three Family Life In Nuerland

The House And Its Furnishings

The Woman's Day

A Man's Work

The Children

The Nuer Girl In Her Home Life

Chapter Four Cutting The Tribal Marks

Details Of The Rite

Nuer Class Names

Chapter Five Courtship And Marriage And The Baby

Preparation And Choice

The Wedding

Customs Concerning Marriage

Childbirth And After

The Care Of Babies


Chapter Six Disease, Death And Burial

Diseases And Their Remedies

Death And Burial

The Close Of The Mourning

Chapter Seven Some Notes On Religion, Superstitions, And Moral Law

Nuer Gods


Nuer Law And The Moral Code

Chapter Eight Characteristics, Games, And Measurements

The Real Nuer

Sense Of Community



Nuer Games

Measuring Length And Height

Chapter Nine Wider Relations And Influences

The Nuer As Neighbours

The Nuer And The Government

Mission Work Among The Nuer

Chapter Ten The Nuer Language

Results Of Study

Time, Seasons, Moon, And Stars.

Names Of Nuer—determining Dates

Nuer Greetings

Chapter Eleven Nuer Folk-lore

The Coming Of Fire

The Story Of Kiir

Lest The Earth Should Quake

The Words Of God And Of The People

The Words Of A Man

The Story Of The Young Wife

The Man And The Crocodile

The Crocodile And The White Fish

The Argument Of The Frog And The Ostrich

The Story Of The Monkeys

The Lion And The Fox

The Fox And His Mother

The Fox And His Brother Tutluet


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Title: Nuer customs and folklore

Published By: London: International Institute of African Language and Culture, 1931. xv, 108 p., plates

By line: By Ray Huffman, with an introd. by D. Westermann

HRAF Publication Information: New Haven, Conn.: HRAF, 2002. Computer File

Culture: Nuer (FJ22)

Subjects: Morbidity (164); Body alterations (304); Daily routine (512); Literary texts (539); Mode of marriage (583); Missions (797); Puberty and initiation (881);

Abstract: Huffman, a missionary who has lived among the Nuer for several years and speaks the language, presents here a concise account of their material culture and social life. There are chapters on the Nuer history, economy, daily routine, language, religious beliefs, and customs relating to birth, initiation, courtship, marriage and death. Representative examples of Nuer folk tales are also included. Huffman's presentation is mostly factual with almost no attempt at interpretation. Occasionally, personal value judgment enters into the account, but a sympathetic tone is maintained throughout the book.

Document Number: 14

Document ID: fj22-014

Document Type: Monograph

Language: English

Note: Includes index

Field Date: no date

Evaluation: Missionary-5

Analyst: Robert Lee ; 1957

Coverage Date: 1927-1929

Coverage Place: Sobat and Jonglei Provinces, Sudan

LCSH: Nuer (African people)


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