Acholi homestead grave

Acholi homestead grave
82 x 82 mm | Lantern slide glass
82 x 82 mm
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A view across an Acholi homestead, with a grave-shrine or kac visible to the left, in front of the entrance to a hut. The kac consists of a four-corned rack to a height of three or four feet, with a 'four-peg shrine' near one corner, including a notched stake. The spirit of the deceased (tipo) is regarded as existing in the earth below the kac, and makes itself heard in dreams. This particular kac was said to be that of a rain-maker's father (possibly called Akona of Falonganji clan), in a village in the hill country immediately south of Lotuko country, probably Magwe.
Charles Gabriel Seligman
Date of Photo:
[Southern Sudan] Eastern Equatoria ?Magwe
PRM Source:
London School of Economics and Political Science
Donated 1967
Other Owners:
C. G. Seligman slide collection
Settlement , Death , Religion
Village , Grave , Grave Marker , Shrine
Manual Catalogue in Related Documents File
Primary Documentation:
Accession Book Entry - [1967.26] THE LONDON SCHOOL OF ECONOMICS AND POLITICAL SCIENCE, HOUGHTON STREET, ALDWYCH, LONDON, W.C.E. PER MR ANTHONY FORGE - SUDAN. Box containing 309 lantern slides (3 1/4” x 3 1/4”) made from photographs taken by the late Professor C. G. SELIGMAN in various parts of the SUDAN. All slides numbered and labelled. Catalogue in file (“Seligman Slide Collection”). Additional Accession Book Entry - [in pencil] 18 Parks Rd.

Manual catalogue entry (thermofax catalogue copy in folder '27-06 Seligman Slide Collection') ms ink [not original typescript] - "V.g.34. Sudan. Acholi, grave of rainmaker. CGS"

Note on lantern slide ms ink - "V.g.34. Sudan. Acholi, grave of rainmaker. CGS"

Other Information:
Another image of the same homestead and grave-shrine is reproduced as Plate XII Fig.2 (facing page 132) in C.G. & B. Seligman's Pagan Tribes of the Nilotic Sudan (London, Routledge 1932), with the caption "Acholi, grave of rain-maker" [Chris Morton 20/10/2004]
Christopher Morton [20/10/2004] [Southern Sudan Project]
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