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Author: Author's name as listed in Library of Congress records
Evans-Pritchard, E. E. (Edward Evan),
Published By: Original publisher
Oxford: Clarendon Press. 1956. xii, 335 p. ill.
By line: Author's name as appearing in the actual publication
[by E.E. Evans-Pritchard]
HRAF Publication Information: New Haven, Conn.:
Human Relations Area Files, 2002. Computer File
Culture: Culture name from the Outline of World Cultures (OWC) with the alphanumberic OWC identifier in parenthesis.
Subjects: Document-level OCM identifiers given by the anthropology subject indexers at HRAF
Domesticated animals (231);
General character of religion (771);
Spirits and gods (776);
Prayers and sacrifices (782);
Abstract: Brief abstract written by HRAF anthropologists who have done the subject indexing for the document
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.
Document Number: HRAF's in-house numbering system derived from the processing order of documents
Document ID: HRAF's unique document identifier. The first part is the OWC identifier and the second part is the document number in three digits.
Document Type: May include journal articles, essays, collections of essays, monographs or chapters/parts of monographs.
Language: Language that the document is written in
Includes bibliographical references
Field Date: The date the researcher conducted the fieldwork or archival research that produced the document
Evaluation: In this alphanumeric code, the first part designates the type of person writing the document, e.g. Ethnographer, Missionary, Archaeologist, Folklorist, Linguist, Indigene, and so on. The second part is a ranking done by HRAF anthropologists based on the strength of the source material on a scale of 1 to 5, as follows: 1 - poor; 2 - fair; 3 - good, useful data, but not uniformly excellent; 4 - excellent secondary data; 5 - excellent primary data
Analyst: The HRAF anthropologist who subject indexed the document and prepared other materials for the eHRAF culture/tradition collection.
Robert Lee ; 1957
Coverage Date: The date or dates that the information in the document pertains to (often not the same as the field date).
Coverage Place: Location of the research culture or tradition (often a smaller unit such as a band, community, or archaeological site)
Sobat and Jonglei Provinces, Sudan
LCSH: Library of Congress Subject Headings
Nuer (African people)