Nuer ox with trained horn

Nuer ox with trained horn
40 x 30 mm | Negative film nitrate
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1998.346.211.2 - Print 35mm contact , (40 x 30 mm)
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A black ox with a lying tethered on the ground with other cattle nearby. Its left horn has been trained to grow across the muzzle, a process called ma gut. This training is mirrored in the male practice of binding the left arm with metal bands called thiau, both of which are often carried out soon after initiation.
Edward Evan Evans-Pritchard
Date of Photo:
1930 - 1936
[Southern Sudan] Upper Nile or Jonglei
Nuer Lou
PRM Source:
Edward Evan Evans-Pritchard
Donated 1966
Other Owners:
E. E. Evans-Pritchard Collection
Settlement , Animal Husbandry
Animal Cattle , Cattle Camp
Original catalogue lists in Manuscript Collections. Additional material in related documents files. [CM 27/9/2005]
Primary Documentation:
Accession Book Entry: [p. 98] 1966.27 [1 - 24] G[ift] PROFESSOR E. E. EVANS-PRITCHARD; INST. OF SOCIAL ANTHROPOLOGY, 51 BANBURY RD. OXFORD 1966.27.17 S. SUDAN. NUER TRIBE. Box of negatives each in separate envelope, labelled. (some missing). Nos. 1 - 213. (prints in box 1966.27.18)...1966.27.18 S. SUDAN. NUER TRIBE. Box of prints each in separate envelope. Nos. 1 - 213. (negatives in 1966.27.17.)

Manual Catalogues [typewritten, entitled "Nuer Photographs (E-P)"] - 211. Cattle (
magud ox). (S.) [Small size]

Other Information:
In Nuer Religion (Oxford University Press 1974 [1957] 256), E. E. Evans-Pritchard notes that 'It is remarkable also that Nuer compare to the initiation of youths the cutting (ngat) of the horns of favourite oxen (they are entire animals at the time) so that they will grow against the cut at fancy angles, generally in a curve across the muzzle (ma gut). [Chris Morton 21/4/2004]
Christopher Morton [21/4/2004] [Southern Sudan Project]
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