Nuer colwic ceremony

Nuer colwic ceremony
58 x 55 mm | Print gelatin silver
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1998.355.536.1 - Negative film nitrate , (58 x 55 mm )
Sulphide staining left hand side [EE 7/89]
Date of Print:
Previous PRM Number:
Previous Other Number:
02 2

Accession Number:
A group of men gathering around a sacrificed animal to see how it falls, an indication of the auspiciousness of the sacrifice. The sacrifice has been made near the beer vessels arranged near a colwic shrine, erected for the spirit of a girl called Nyakewa killed by lightning. This event was witnessed by Evans-Pritchard in 1936. The colwic shrine, consisting of an mound of earth surrounded by offerings of tobacco with a sapling of the nyuot tree planted in the centre can be seen in other images. Nyakewa was considered to have become a colwic, a spirit taken directly by God. This specific intervention by the divine was considered so dangerous to all associated with the deceased that sacrifice is made by all relatives. In all more than twenty animals were sacrificed over several days.
Edward Evan Evans-Pritchard
Date of Photo:
1936 October - November
[Southern Sudan] Wahda Nyueny
Nuer Leek Karlual
PRM Source:
Edward Evan Evans-Pritchard
Donated 1966
Other Owners:
E. E. Evans-Pritchard Collection
Religion , Ritual , Vessel
[Shrine] , Animal
Ritual Activity
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 XI, ms ink] - 78.
Colwic sacrifice

Note on print reverse ms pencil - "02 2 Col wic" & print front border ms ink - "NUER XI/78"

Other Information:
In Nuer Religion (Oxford University Press 1974 [1957]), page 59, E-P mentions that the colwic ceremony for Nyakewa took place in the same village as the possession of Galuak by the spirit nai, an event that took place during E-P's fieldwork in Nyueny village among the Karlual in 1936. [Chris Morton 16/6/2004]
Christopher Morton [4/8/2004] [Southern Sudan Project]
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