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Author: Author's name as listed in Library of Congress records
Johnson, Douglas H. (Douglas Hamilton),
Nuer prophets: a history of prophecy from the Upper Nile in
the nineteenth and twentieth centuries
Published By: Original publisher
Oxford ; New York: Clarendon Press ; Oxford University
Press. 1994. xx, 407 p. ill., maps
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Douglas H. Johnson
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
Topography and geology (133);
Inter-community relations (628);
External relations (648);
Revelation and divination (787);
Prophets and ascetics (792);
Abstract: Brief abstract written by HRAF anthropologists who have done the subject indexing for the document
An excellent monograph on Nuer prophetic tradition in which
Johnson argues that Nuer prophets were first and foremost peacemakers and overseers of a
moral community. They served the same role as the earth-masters, AKA leopard-skin chiefs,
but appealed to a larger pan-tribal constituency. Prophets protected their people against
crop failures, disease, and infertility. The most famous prophet, Ngundeng (d.1906), was
possessed by the free-deity Deng, the Dinka sky god, whom Ngundeng elevated above all other
divinities. Johnson shows how Ngundeng was able to organize the Nuer and Dinka by
appropriating their gods and forming a pantheon under Deng. According to Johnson, the
prophetic tradition was more limited among the Western Nuer on account of different
ecological and frontier conditions. Johnson also discusses prophets in the recent Civil War
(1955-1972, 1983-present) and Ngundeng's lingering influence.
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Analyst: The HRAF anthropologist who subject indexed the document and prepared other materials for the eHRAF culture/tradition collection.
Ian Skoggard ; 2000
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LCSH: Library of Congress Subject Headings
Nuer (African people)