Evans-Pritchard, E. E. (Edward Evan), 1902-1973. The Azande: history and political institutions

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Author: Author's name as listed in Library of Congress records

Title: The Azande: history and political institutions

Published By: Original publisher Oxford: Clarendon Press. 1971. xviii, 444 p., plates ill., maps

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. Azande (FO07)

Subjects: Document-level OCM identifiers given by the anthropology subject indexers at HRAF Clans (614); Ethnic stratification (563); Historical reconstruction (174); Traditional history (173); Tillage (241); Acculturation and culture contact (177); Warfare (726); 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 68

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. fo07-068

Document Type: May include journal articles, essays, collections of essays, monographs or chapters/parts of monographs. Monograph

Language: Language that the document is written in English

Note: Includes bibliographical references (p. 463-439)

Field Date: The date the researcher conducted the fieldwork or archival research that produced the document 1926-1930

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 Social Anthropologist-5

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)


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