Johnson, Douglas H. (Douglas Hamilton), 1949-. On disciples and magicians: the diversification of divinity among the Nuer during the colonial era

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

Title: On disciples and magicians: the diversification of divinity among the Nuer during the colonial era

Published in: if part or section of a book or monograph Journal of religion in Africa -- Vol. 22, no. 1

Published By: Original publisher Journal of religion in Africa -- Vol. 22, no. 1 Leiden: Brill. 1992. 2-22 p.

By line: Author's name as appearing in the actual publication By 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 Territorial hierarchy (631); External relations (648); Magicians and diviners (791); Spirits and gods (776); Sacred objects and places (778); Magic (789); Prophets and ascetics (792);

Abstract: Brief abstract written by HRAF anthropologists who have done the subject indexing for the document Johson recounts the spread of magic and magicians during the colonial era (1929-1955), which he attributes to the destruction of the prophets, who helped to regulate spirits and gods. The prophets despised magicians and kept them under check. By killing the prophets the British opened a Pandora's Box of spirits and fetishes. This religious fragmentation mirrored the political fragmentation of the Nuer, which the British encouraged as part of their effort to control them. According to Johnson, prophets played a key role in Nuer religious and political life.

Document Number: HRAF's in-house numbering system derived from the processing order of documents 23

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. fj22-023

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

Language: Language that the document is written in English

Note: Includes bibliographical references

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). 1906-1953

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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