Nuer woman carrying vessel

Nuer woman carrying vessel
56 x 54 mm | Print gelatin silver
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A distant view of a woman carrying a clay pot on a headring, with a gourd in her hand. She is making her way from a homestead in the background along a thin path through grass. By the side of the path can be seen a clump of knotted grass, known as tuc. Nuer knot grasses either since they have injured their 'bad' or inauspicious foot on the path and wish to ask God to retain the badness in the grass, or to ask God for success on an enterprise involving a journey, such as trading with Arabs.
Edward Evan Evans-Pritchard
Date of Photo:
1936 October - November
[Southern Sudan] Wahda Jikul country
Nuer Jikul
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Edward Evan Evans-Pritchard
Donated 1966
Other Owners:
E. E. Evans-Pritchard Collection
Water Supply , Settlement , Ritual Object , Religion
Vessel Pottery , Religious Offering
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 1966.27.1-16 S. SUDAN. NUER TRIBE. Sixteen negative albums containing negatives and prints of photographs taken by donor during field-work. All listed in albums. Added Accession Book Entry - [p. 98 in right hand column, in pencil] Catalogue room.

Manual Catalogues [index taken from album book IV, ms ink] - 66. woman and pot

Note on print reverse ms pencil - "3 Jikul" & print front border ms ink - "NUER IV/66"

Other Information:
In E. E. Evans-Pritchard's Nuer Religion (Oxford University Press 1974 [1957]), page 23, he notes that 'the petition a man on a journey makes to God as he knots grasses together at the side of a path, [is] a practice Nuer call tuc. A man may do this because he has knocked his 'bad foot' against a stump in the path, for this presages misfortune, which can be avoided by asking God to let the badness remain in the grass so that the traveller may continue his journey with fortune... Nuer tie grass in the same manner to ensure success in any enterprise for which a journey is undertaken..' [Chris Morton 15/6/2004]
Christopher Morton [15/6/2004] [Southern Sudan Project]
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