The Nuer: A Description of the Modes of Livelihood and Political Institutions of a Nilotic People

By E. E. Evans-Pritchard

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Fdfl Jl^f-^ THE NUER OXFORD collage PRESS AMEN residence, E. C. four London Edinburgh Glasgow big apple Toronto Melbourne Capetown Bombay Calcutta Madras HUMPHREY MILFORD writer TO THE collage t? h-p:)^' I m r component to abode and kraal (Eastern Gaajok) THE NUER an outline OF THE MODES OF LIVELIHOOD AND POLITICAL associations OF A NILOTIC humans by way of E. E. EVANS-PRITCHARD M. A. (OXON. ), PH. D. (LONDON) examine LECTURER IN AFRICAN SOCIOLOGY on the collage OF OXFORD someday PROFESSOR OF SOCIOLOGY on the EGYPTIAN college, CAIRO OXFORD on the CLARENDON PRESS 1940 PRINTED IN nice BRITAIN TO the employees OF the yank venture AT NASSER ; 'Ah, the land of the rusthng of wings, which past the rivers of Ethiopia that sendeth ambassadors through the ocean, even in vessels of papyrus upon the waters, (saying) pass ye quick messengers, to a kingdom tall and tender, to a humans negative from their starting onward a kingdom that meteth out and treadeth down, whose land the rivers divide. ' is : {The Holy Bible (Revised Version), Isaiah xviii. 1-2. ) ' PREFACE My examine of the Nuer was once undertaken on the request of, and used to be usually financed by way of, the govt. of the Anglo-Egyptian Sudan, which additionally contributed generously in the direction of the book of its effects. a part of the inquiry was once performed as a Leverhulme learn Fellow. To the Sudan executive and to the Leverhulme study Fellowships Committee I make thankful acknowledgements. I owe Professor and Mrs. Seligman an outstanding debt for C. G. their friendship over the last fifteen years. with no their backing and encouragement this e-book will possibly not were in addition, even though they made no investigations written. between the Nuer, their marvelous researches peoples, quite the Shilluk between different Nilotic and Dinka, laid the principles of all destiny stories in those areas. thank all these within the Sudan, at Khartoum and in Nuerland, who've given me hospitality and information Sir John Maffey, then Governor-General; Sir Harold MacMichael, then Civil Secretary Mr. and Mrs. S. Hillelson Mr. C. A. Willis, Mr. A. G. Pawson, Mr. M. W. Parr, and Mr. E. G. Coryton, who have been in flip Governors of the higher Nile Province; Mr. P. Coriat, Capt. A. H. A. Alban, Capt. H. A. Romilly, Mr. J. F. Tierney, the I ; ; ; Hamer, Mr. B. J. Chatterton, Mr. B. A. Lewis, and Mr. F. D. Corfield, all of whom have been at one time Commissioners of Nuer Districts. To Mr. F. D. Corfield, amico el past due Mr. L. F. condiscipulo meo, proven many I in my am I specially thankful for the curiosity he has paintings and for his generosity in permitting me to take advantage of of his wonderful pictures. thank additionally the employees of the American undertaking at Nasser, of the Congregation of Verona at Yoahnyang, and of the Church make specific acknowAmerican challenge, particularly to overlook B. Soule, who unreservedly put their domestic, their time, and their wisdom at my disposal. I devote this e-book to them not just as an expression of private gratitude, but in addition Missionary Society at Ler.

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