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Author: Author's name as listed in Library of Congress records
Evans-Pritchard, E. E. (Edward Evan),
The Azande: history and political institutions
Published By: Original publisher
Oxford: Clarendon Press. 1971. xviii, 444 p., plates ill.,
By line: Author's name as appearing in the actual publication
E. E. Evans-Pritchard
HRAF Publication Information: New Haven, Conn.:
Human Relations Area Files, 1998. 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
Ethnic stratification (563);
Historical reconstruction (174);
Traditional history (173);
Acculturation and culture contact (177);
Executive household (644);
Chief executive (643);
External relations (648);
Abstract: Brief abstract written by HRAF anthropologists who have done the subject indexing for the document
This book, written by a social anthropologist, brings
together a series of previously published articles in presenting an admittedly piecemeal
history of the Azande. The history is essentially based upon the study of one kingdom, the
old kingdom of Gbudwe in the most north-easterly extension of Zandeland in the valley of
the Sueh in Sudan. The history ranges in time from ca. 1863 to the time of
Evans-Pritchard's field research between 1926-1930. It is based upon a survey of the
available European literature (travel accounts, missionary reports, scientist's diaries and
military and colonial government records of the Belgians and the British) and his own field
interviews. Included in the study is a critical review of some of the literary sources
used. The book covers historical surveys of the clans and their associated totems, with a
sample distribution from Tembura to Merdi; the ethnic distribution of the independent clans
and tribal groups that merged to form the Azande; a summary of the Zande culture (based
upon Gbudwe's kingdom); ethnic (tribal and clan) origins of the royal and commoner classes;
a description of court life; a history of warfare, inter- and intra-clan, and with the
Belgians and British; and a history of Gbudwe's kingdom. Numerous distributional maps and
genealogies of the clans and kingdoms are used to illustrate the political hierarchies and
territories; these are based upon both the documents and mythological texts. In the
appendix, Evans-Pritchard analyzes various versions of one of the origin myths, The Origin
of the Ruling Clan, the Avongara. Chapters 9, 12, 13, and 17, seem to correspond to four
documents already in the Azande file, viz. 67, 64, 57, and 65, respectively, with
alterations from the original published text.
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 (p. 463-439)
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.
Sarah T. Bridges ; Sigrid Khera ; 1973
Coverage Date: The date or dates that the information in the document pertains to (often not the same as the field date).
ca. 1863 - 1930
Coverage Place: Location of the research culture or tradition (often a smaller unit such as a band, community, or archaeological site)
Gbudwe Kingdom, Valley of Sueh, Sudan
LCSH: Library of Congress Subject Headings
Zande (African people)