Howell, P. P. (Paul Philip). Observations on the Shilluk of the Upper Nile: the laws of homicide and the legal functions of the Reth

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

Title: Observations on the Shilluk of the Upper Nile: the laws of homicide and the legal functions of the Reth

Published in: if part or section of a book or monograph Africa -- Vol. 22

Published By: Original publisher Africa -- Vol. 22 London: Oxford University Press for the International African Institute. 1952. 97-119 p.

By line: Author's name as appearing in the actual publication P. P. Howell

HRAF Publication Information: New Haven, Conn.: Human Relations Area Files, 2010. Computer File

Culture: Culture name from the Outline of World Cultures (OWC) with the alphanumberic OWC identifier in parenthesis. Shilluk (FJ23)

Subjects: Document-level OCM identifiers given by the anthropology subject indexers at HRAF Community structure (621); Cultural identity and pride (186); Chief executive (643); Ingroup antagonisms (578); Offenses against life (682); Judicial authority (692); Sanctions (681); Legal norms (671); Wrongs (673);

Abstract: Brief abstract written by HRAF anthropologists who have done the subject indexing for the document After a brief discussion of Shilluk culture the author considers the judicial functions of the king with particular reference to homicide and blood feuds. He weighs the different accounts of the Shilluk which vary in attributing enforcement powers or powers of arbitration to the Reth. Using these accounts and comparative materials from neighboring tribes he attempts to arrive at some conclusions regarding the degree of effective power vested in the Reth. Materials on the sanctions for different types of crimes and injuries are also given with examples drawn from traditional and more recent cases.

Document Number: HRAF's in-house numbering system derived from the processing order of documents 9

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. fj23-009

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 (p. 118-119)

Field Date: The date the researcher conducted the fieldwork or archival research that produced the document 1937-1950

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-5

Analyst: The HRAF anthropologist who subject indexed the document and prepared other materials for the eHRAF culture/tradition collection. Betty Potash ; 1960

Coverage Date: The date or dates that the information in the document pertains to (often not the same as the field date). 1900-1952

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

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


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