Consulting the Zande iwa oracle

Consulting the Zande iwa oracle
104 x 78 mm | Print gelatin silver
There are records relating to alternative images that we do not have scans for in the database:
1998.341.238.1 - Negative film nitrate , (104 x 78 mm)
Residual chemical staining [EE 1989]
Date of Print:
Previous PRM Number:
Previous Other Number:
52 2 (+43)

Accession Number:
A man (identified as Windis or Zori, a subject of Gami the commoner governor) sitting on the ground within a homestead, operating an iwa (rubbing-board) oracle. A gourd dish containing water used for wetting the lid of the rubbing board sits alongside.
Edward Evan Evans-Pritchard
Date of Photo:
1927 - 1928
[Southern Sudan] Western Equatoria Yambio
Related images of Windis are published in E. E. Evans-Pritchard's article "Oracle Magic of the Azande" Sudan Notes and Records , Vol.XI, 1928, thereby providing a terminus ante quem. [CM 10/10/2005]
PRM Source:
Edward Evan Evans-Pritchard
Donated 1966
Other Owners:
E. E. Evans-Pritchard Collection
Religion , Clothing Headgear
Oracle Divination
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)"] - 238. Man (Windis) consulting
iwa oracle. 52/2 (+43)

Notes on card mount m/s pencil - "RCS lower LHS & middle & small amount lower RHS Fading SS overall

Notes on print rev. m/s pencil - "
Windis vuru game " [i.e. Windis a subject of Game]

Other Information:
Windis is shown operating the rubbing board in Plates XXIVa & b (facing page 364) in E. E. Evans-Pritchard's Witchcraft, Oracles and Magic Among the Azande (OUP 1937), with a detailed description of the author's observation of Windis' operation of the oracle throughout pages 359-374. On page 212 E. E. Evans-Pritchard writes briefly about the old commoner governor called Game recorded here. I have standardised the commoner governor's name as Gami as it appears this way in many captions as well as in The Azande (OUP 1971). [Chris Morton 5/12/2003]
Christopher Morton 27/10/2003 [Southern Sudan Project]
Funded by Arts and Humanities Research Council
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