Nuer homestead

Nuer homestead
58 x 55 mm | Print gelatin silver
There are records relating to alternative images that we do not have scans for in the database:
1998.355.310.1 - Negative film nitrate , (58 x 55 mm )
Date of Print:
Previous PRM Number:
Previous Other Number:
7 (80)

Accession Number:
Beyond the remains of an old hut can be seen a step-thatched hut with extended eaves over the entrance and next to it a cattle byre (luak) with smooth thatching and ridge along the base. 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 Pattai (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 House , 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 VII, ms ink] - 26. homestead

Note on print reverse ms pencil - "7 80 bet. Pathai & Akobo" & print front border ms ink - "NUER VII/26"
Christopher Morton [5/7/2004] [Southern Sudan Project]
Funded by Arts and Humanities Research Council
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