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

Title: Nuer customs and folklore

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

By line: Author's name as appearing in the actual publication By Ray Huffman, with an introd. by D. Westermann

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. Nuer (FJ22)

Subjects: Document-level OCM identifiers given by the anthropology subject indexers at HRAF Morbidity (164); Body alterations (304); Daily routine (512); Literary texts (539); Mode of marriage (583); Missions (797); Puberty and initiation (881);

Abstract: Brief abstract written by HRAF anthropologists who have done the subject indexing for the document 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: HRAF's in-house numbering system derived from the processing order of documents 14

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. fj22-014

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 index

Field Date: The date the researcher conducted the fieldwork or archival research that produced the document no date

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 Missionary-5

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). 1927-1929

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)


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