Johnson, Douglas H. (Douglas Hamilton), 1949-. Nuer prophets: a history of prophecy from the Upper Nile in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries

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Part I Prelude

1 ‘the Hammer Of The Kujurs’: Government, Ethnography, And Nilotic Religions

2 Deng And Aiwel: Elements Of The Prophetic Idiom And Definition Of The Moral Community

Mantic Figures And The Moral Community

Environmental And Historical Patterns

Spiritual Centres In The Flood Region

Nuer Movement And Occupation Of The East

Social And Religious Idioms Of The Nilotic Community


Part Ii Prophets

3 Ngundeng: Prophetic Inspiration On The Eastern Frontier

Ngundeng's Birth And Seizure

Ngundeng The Earth-master; Deng And The Gift Of Life

Ngundeng's Mound: Aiwel Longar And The Primacy Of Deng

Spiritual And Political Propaganda: The Composition Of Ngundeng's Songs

Ngundeng And The Construction Of Peace

Ngundeng And The North

Ngundeng's Legacy

4 Deng Laka: A Pragmatic Prophet

Biographical Contrasts

The Gaawar Dispersal Into Their New Territory

Nuaar Mer The Slaver And Deng Laka The Prophet

Diu And The Social Order

The Prophet And The Spiritual Order

Relations With The Dinka And Foreign Governments

5 Guek Ngundeng And The Minor Prophets: Divinity Dispersed

Ngundeng's Family

The Reappearance Of Lou Prophets

Prophets And The Contest For Leadership

Guek And The ‘nuer Settlement’


6 Dual Diu And The Continuity Of A Prophetic Tradition

The Descent Of Diu

Dual, The Government, And The Border

Dual, Divinity, And The Regulation Of Gaawar Society

From The ‘gaweir March’ To The ‘nuer Settlement’

Exile, Peace, And War

7 Prophetic Rivalries In The Western Homeland

The Western Nuer In The Ethnographic Imagination

The Nineteenth-century Background

Prophetic Rivalries, 1883–1921

The Arrival Of Government, 1921–1923

The Suppression Of The Prophets And The Assassination Of Fergie Bey, 1924–1927

Reinstatement, Surveillance, And Survival, 1930–1973


Part Iii Prophecy

8 Prophetic Traditions In Peace And War

Modern Patterns

Surveillance And Control: Prophets At The End Of The Colonial Period

The Realignment Of Divinity: Independence And The First Civil War

The Addis Ababa Peace, Divinity, And The Renewal Of Civil War

9 The Life Of Prophecy

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

Title: 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

By line: Author's name as appearing in the actual publication 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. Nuer (FJ22)

Subjects: Document-level OCM identifiers given by the anthropology subject indexers at HRAF Topography and geology (133); Lineages (613); Inter-community relations (628); External relations (648); Warfare (726); Peacemaking (728); 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.

Document Number: HRAF's in-house numbering system derived from the processing order of documents 17

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. fj22-017

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. 364-380) and index

Field Date: The date the researcher conducted the fieldwork or archival research that produced the document 1975-1991

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 Ethnologist-4,5

Analyst: The HRAF anthropologist who subject indexed the document and prepared other materials for the eHRAF culture/tradition collection. Ian Skoggard ; 2000

Coverage Date: The date or dates that the information in the document pertains to (often not the same as the field date). 1870-1980

Coverage Place: Location of the research culture or tradition (often a smaller unit such as a band, community, or archaeological site) southern Sudan

LCSH: Library of Congress Subject Headings Nuer (African people)


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