Moro Meza grave

Moro Meza grave
103 x 75 mm | Print gelatin silver
Sulphide staining [EE 1989]
Date of Print:
Previous PRM Number:
Previous Other Number:
IV 10

Accession Number:
A view of hills in the Lui area with three men (unidentified, two wearing colonial military-style clothing), standing beside the approximately 10 foot tall grave of Chief Beliyiye, father of Chief Yilu, at Lui. This tall 'pyramid' type megalithic grave once stood in the centre of the chief's homestead but is now in the bush. One larger slab is placed as a pointer, pointing towards the east. A man's large grave stone pointed east towards the hunter's rising sun. Such megalithic grave markers were peculiar to the Moro Meza, and was not generally found among other so-called Moro groups neighbouring.
Edward Evan Evans-Pritchard
Date of Photo:
[Southern Sudan] Western Equatoria Amadi District Lui
Moro Meza
PRM Source:
Edward Evan Evans-Pritchard
Donated 1966
Other Owners:
E. E. Evans-Pritchard Collection
Death , Clothing , Colonial
Grave , Grave Marker , Megalith , Uniform
Original catalogue lists in Manuscript Collections. Additional material in related documents files. [CM 27/9/2005]
Primary Documentation:
PRM Accession Records - Accession Book Entry [p. 98] 1966.27 [1 - 24] G[ift] PROFESSOR E. E. EVANS-PRITCHARD; INST. OF SOCIAL ANTHROPOLOGY, 51 BANBURY RD. OXFORD - 1966.27.19 - S. SUDAN, DARFUNG. VARIOUS TRIBES. Box of negatives in envelopes, [1 - 242] & 1966.27.20 - Box of prints of these negatives [refers to object 1966.27.19] [1 - 242], in envelopes.

Note on print reverse ms pencil - "grave IV/10"

Notes on card mount ms pencil - "SS lower half 8.89"

Other Information:
In Megalithic Grave-Monuments in the Anglo-Egyptian Sudan and other parts of East Africa, Antiquity, IX, No.34 1935, page 155 E. E. Evans-Pritchard notes that '[t]he pyramids are generally taller than a man and some must be over ten feet in height. The longest stone pointer I have seen is shown in Fig.3. It marks the grave of Beliyiye, father of Chief Yilu at Lui.' [Chris Morton 1/3/2004] On page 156 he further notes that '[t]he structure of the pyramid type of grave in Mise country ... consist[s] of slabs of flat white granite leaning together in pairs one above another with one slab much taller than the rest pointing either to the rising or the setting sun. If the grave contains a man the stone pointer leans to the east, whereas if it houses a woman it points to the west; because when a man rises from sleep he shades his eyes and looks to the rising sun which marks the beginning of a hunter's day; whereas when a woman wakes from sleep in the afternoon, she shades her eyes to the west, for when the sun goes down in the west she prepares the evening meal.' [Chris Morton 26/2/2004]
Christopher Morton 1/3/2004 [Southern Sudan Project]
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