Nuer youths at ?mission

Nuer youths at ?mission
40 x 30 mm | Print 35mm contact
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A group of four male youths (one in feline skin loincloth, possibly the potential bridegroom) outside a thatched brick building (probably the American Presbytarian Mission at Nasir) with white women looking on through the windows. Two of the youths accompanying the suitor carry spears and one has a rifle. The suitor now carries the spear held by the youth with a rifle in the previous images. It is noted that they are about to begin marriage negotiations with a girl's relatives concerning bridewealth.
Edward Evan Evans-Pritchard
Date of Photo:
1931 or 1935
[Southern Sudan] Upper Nile ?Nasir
Nuer ?Eastern Jikany
PRM Source:
Edward Evan Evans-Pritchard
Donated 1966
Other Owners:
E. E. Evans-Pritchard Collection
Weapon , Colonial , Ornament , Clothing Skin
Spear , Club , Firearm , Ornament Body , Mission
Original catalogue lists in Manuscript Collections. Additional material in related documents files. [CM 27/9/2005]
Primary Documentation:
Accession Book Entry: [p. 98] 1966.27 [1 - 24] G[ift] PROFESSOR E. E. EVANS-PRITCHARD; INST. OF SOCIAL ANTHROPOLOGY, 51 BANBURY RD. OXFORD 1966.27.17 S. SUDAN. NUER TRIBE. Box of negatives each in separate envelope, labelled. (some missing). Nos. 1 - 213. (prints in box 1966.27.18)...1966.27.18 S. SUDAN. NUER TRIBE. Box of prints each in separate envelope. Nos. 1 - 213. (negatives in 1966.27.17.)

Manual Catalogues [typewritten, entitled "Nuer Photographs (E-P)"] - 3. Youths prepared for wedding talk. (S.) [small size]

Note on print reverse ms pencil - "5
3 "

Other Information:
In Kinship and Marriage Among the Nuer (Clarendon Press, Oxford 1990 [1951]), page 60, E. E. Evans-Pritchard notes that 'the suitor and his friends enter the byre and seat themselves .. the elders ask them what cattle they have. This is the riet ghok, the cattle talk. The best man answers for the suitor, who, to create a good impression, says as little as possible. Both wear skins to cover their genitals before possible future parents-in-law. The bridegroom's best man and two other friends accompany him through all the trials of marriage and take full advantage of the opportunities for love-making and courtship.' [Chris Morton 16/3/2004]
Christopher Morton [16/3/2004] [Southern Sudan Project]
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