Zande spirit-shrine in homestead

Zande spirit-shrine in homestead
110 x 158 mm | Print gelatin silver
Date of Print:
1937 circa
Same Image As:

Accession Number:
A tuka or spirit shrine in the centre of a homestead, with a man (identified as Zerengbo wiri Bairaki, i.e. Zerengbo son of Bairaki) standing next to it with his hand touching it. Such shrines are sites for medicines or ngua that are invoked to ensure ancestral (spirit) favour for the inhabitants of the homestead. This shrine has a number of short sticks bound to it placed there after consulting the dakpa or termite oracle.
Edward Evan Evans-Pritchard
Date of Photo:
1926 - 1930
[Southern Sudan] Western Equatoria Yambio
Zerengbo wiri Bairaki
Publication History:
Contemporary Publication - Reproduced as Plate XXIII (facing page 358) in E. E. Evans-Pritchard's Witchcraft, Oracles and Magic Among the Azande (OUP 1937), with the caption "A ghost-shrine with branches used in the termites oracle tied to it." [CM 7/9/2005]
PRM Source:
Oxford University Press
Donated 2003
Other Owners:
Oxford University Press
Religion , Ritual , Ritual Object
Correspondence with OUP in Related Documents File
Primary Documentation:
Printer's ms pencil notes and crop marks on print reverse. One ms pencil note "touch up slightly" (roughly circled) has been whitened on the print surface. [CM 7/9/2005]
Other Information:
This print is one of twenty-eight prints handed over, along with five negs and prints retained from publication in The Azande (1971), by Anne Ashby from OUP in December 2003. They all seem to have been made from Evans-Pritchard's negatives for publication in Witchcraft, Oracles and Magic among the Azande sometime prior to 1937, and have numerous printer's comments and crop marks on the backs. They have been accessioned separately since they were evidently printed by OUP before Evans-Pritchard's collection was donated in 1966, and since they make more sense catalogued together as a distinct collection. [CM 7/9/2005]
Christopher Morton 7/9/2005 [Southern Sudan Project]
Funded by Arts and Humanities Research Council
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