Lotuko men's meeting enclosure

Lotuko men's meeting enclosure
82 x 82 mm | Lantern slide glass
82 x 82 mm
horizontal crack near top [Chris Morton 18/10/2004]
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A small stone enclosure used as a men's squatting place, visited by the Seligmans in the early part of 1922. According to their diary they travelled between these Lotuko villages by bicycle. The Seligman's noted that although common among the Lokoiya, such meeting enclosures were not found among the Tarangole territorial group of Lotuko. Labalwa, although a Lotuko settlement, was not part of this group.
Charles Gabriel Seligman
Date of Photo:
1922 January
[Southern Sudan] Eastern Equatoria Labalwa
Publication History:
Contemporary Publication - Reproduced as Plate XXXI Fig.1 (facing page 330) in C.G. & B. Seligman's Pagan Tribes of the Nilotic Sudan (London, Routledge 1932), with the caption "Labalwa, stone circle" [CM 2/9/2005]
PRM Source:
London School of Economics and Political Science
Donated 1967
Other Owners:
C. G. Seligman slide collection
Settlement , Stonework
[Building House Men's]
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') - "V.h.28. Rain-shrine of Lotuko"

Note on lantern slide ms ink - "V.h.28. Rain-shrine of Lotuko. CGS."
Other Information:
Ethnographic context - In C.G. & B.Z. Seligman's Pagan Tribes of the Nilotic Sudan (London, Routledge 1932), page 307, they note that 'In some hill villages, e.g. Labalwa (which does not belong to the Tarangole group) we saw monolithic stone circles, usually small, but with stones up to 3-4 feet high (PL.XXXI). These are built at the present day and are squatting places for the men; they seem of little social importance, and are additional to, not substitutes for, drum-houses...' [Chris Morton 25/10/2004]
Christopher Morton [25/10/2004] [Southern Sudan Project]
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