Zande abinza (witchdoctors) dancing

Zande abinza (witchdoctors) dancing
104 x 78 mm | Print gelatin silver
Date of Print:
Previous PRM Number:
Previous Other Number:
92 6 (10) [frame 1]

Accession Number:
A group of abinza (witchdoctors) dancing at a seance (do avure) with a number of horns thrust into the earth marking out the dance area of each individual. This gathering of abinza was held in Evans-Pritchard's own compound on the occasion of the initiation of a new member, Evans-Pritchard's servant Kamanga, and facilitated the gathering of data on the abinza corporation.
Edward Evan Evans-Pritchard
Date of Photo:
?1928 - 1929
[Southern Sudan] Western Equatoria Yambio
PRM Source:
Edward Evan Evans-Pritchard
Donated 1966
Other Owners:
E. E. Evans-Pritchard Collection
Clothing Ritual , Religion , Ritual , Dance
Ritual Activity
Ceremony Initiation , Dance
Original catalogue lists in Manuscript Collections. Additional material in related documents files. [CM 27/9/2005]
Primary Documentation:
PRM Accession Records - [1966.27.21] G PROFESSOR E. E. EVANS-PRITCHARD; INST. OF SOCIAL ANTHROPOLOGY, 51 BANBURY RD. OXFORD - S. SUDAN, AZANDE TRIBE. Box of negatives in envelopes. Nos. 1 - 400
Added Accession Book Entry - [In pencil in column] Catalogue room.
[1966.27.23] G PROFESSOR E. E. EVANS-PRITCHARD; INST. OF SOCIAL ANTHROPOLOGY, 51 BANBURY RD. OXFORD - S. SUDAN, AZANDE TRIBE. Box of prints in envelopes, nos. 1 - 400 (prints of negatives in 1966.27.21)

Manual Catalogues [typewritten, entitled "Zande Photographs (E-P)"] - 112. Witchdoctors dancing at Seance. 92/6 (10)

Other Information:
In Witchcraft, Oracles and Magic Among the Azande (OUP 1937, page 154-157) E. E. Evans-Pritchard notes that '[o]n my third expedition in 1930 I constantly attended seances of witch-doctors and tried to see their activities in the social life of the Azande in better perspective than I had been able to do when immersed in the details of their craft..' A detailed account of the ritual burial ceremony as part of the training of a binza novice is found on pp. 239 - 245. On page 239 E-P states that the photographs of Kamanga's ritual burial were taken immediately outside his own hut 'which accounts for the spaciousness of the scene and for the unusual number of magicians present.' [Chris Morton 16/10/2003]
Christopher Morton 13/10/2003 [Southern Sudan Project]
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