Nuer byre

Nuer byre
58 x 55 mm | Print gelatin silver
Date of Print:
Previous PRM Number:
Previous Other Number:
7 (77)

Accession Number:
A cattle byre (luak) with smooth thatching and a double step-ridge near the bottom where ragged extended eaves hang over the wooden stake walls. A thick forked post, possibly a shrine-stake (riek) stands to the right, on exiting the byre (luak). The riek post-shrine was considered to be the altar of God within the home, the point of contact between God and spirits (both kwoth) and the lineage or household, and therefore the place of ceremony and sacrifice. The location is noted as between Akobo post and Pathai (probably modern Fathai), the route that Evans-Pritchard seems to have followed to western Nuerland in 1936 after completing a survey of the Luo in Kenya.
Edward Evan Evans-Pritchard
Date of Photo:
[Southern Sudan] Jonglei Akobo-Fathai road
Nuer ?Lou
PRM Source:
Edward Evan Evans-Pritchard
Donated 1966
Other Owners:
E. E. Evans-Pritchard Collection
Shelter , Religion
Building Animals , Shrine
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 VI, ms ink] - 18. Byre

Note on print reverse ms pencil - "7 (77) bet. Pathai & Akobo" & print front border ms ink - "NUER VI/18"
Christopher Morton [28/6/2004] [Southern Sudan Project]
Funded by Arts and Humanities Research Council
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