Zande binza (witchdoctor)

Zande binza (witchdoctor)
104 x 78 mm | Print gelatin silver
Silver sulphide staining/ fading [EE 1989]
Date of Print:
Previous PRM Number:
Previous Other Number:
61 1 (117) [frame 3]

Accession Number:
A binza (identified as Kamanga) standing in a homestead in full dancing apparel, including headdress. Kamanga was initiated in the abinza corporation at the instigation of Evans-Pritchard in order to gain ethnographic information about the corporation's medicines and ritual practices.
Edward Evan Evans-Pritchard
Date of Photo:
[Southern Sudan] Western Equatoria Yambio
PRM Source:
Edward Evan Evans-Pritchard
Donated 1966
Other Owners:
E. E. Evans-Pritchard Collection
Clothing Ritual
Ceremony Initiation
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)"] - 229. Kamanga in witchdoctors' dress. (Poor photograph). 1/19 (117)

Notes on card mount m/s pencil - "Fading Overall SSS 8.89"

Other Information:
In Witchcraft, Oracles and Magic Among the Azande (OUP 1937, page 154-157) E. E. Evans-Pritchard notes that 'The professional robes with which witch-doctors adorn themselves while the dancing ground is being marked out consist of straw hats topped with large bunches of feathers of geese and parrots and other marsh and bush birds. Strings of magic whistles made from peculiar trees are strung across their chests and tied round their arms. Skins of wild cats, civet cats, genets, servals, and other carnivora and small rodents, as well as monkeys (especially the colobus), are tucked under their waiststrings so that they form a fringe which entirely covers the barkcloth worn by all male Azande. Over the skins they tie a string of fruits of the doleib palm (Borassus flabellifer)....' Please note that the film number as appears on the manual catalogue list seems to have been transcribed incorrectly, i.e. read upside down on the back of the print. [Chris Morton 27/10/2003]
Christopher Morton 27/10/2003 [Southern Sudan Project]
Funded by Arts and Humanities Research Council
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