Originally published in 1937, this book describes and compares the tribes of the Mongalla Province in what is now South Sudan. In the second part of the book some 27 individual tribes are discussed in detail, and topics such as linguistics, culture, tribal structure, religious beliefs, crime and punishment, marriage, birth, burial and economic and agricultural life are also covered.
Part 1: General and Comparative
2. The Tribal Groups
3. Tribal Structure
4. Religious Beliefs
5. Crime and Punishment
6. Individual Life
7. Economic Life
8. Vital Statistics
9. Impact and Change
Part 2: Individual Tribes
1. Nilo-Hamitic Group
2. Other Tribes of Eastern Mongalla
3. Tribes of the Abyssinian Frontier
4. Moru-Madi Group
5. Western Bari-Speaking Group
Routledge is delighted to be re-issuing 79 volumes originally published between 1931 and 1988 in association with the International African Institute. Unavailable outside a few key libraries, many of these republished volumes were at the cutting edge of a fieldwork and ethnographic revolution in African anthropology in the decades after 1930. It involved the production of a wide body of fieldwork-based ethnographic documentation about the cultures of the different societies in Africa. Secondly, it saw a methodological turn to intense, localized investigations of cultural tradition and social change in a rapidly modernizing context. These investigations involved a more sustained and systematic, more professional and ‘scientific’ form of immersion and participant observation, than anything that had gone before. The sites of engagement were urban as well as rural; the pioneering researchers were female as well as male. No longer was the journal essay the repository of the latest research in the discipline, but rich ethnographies running into hundreds of pages.
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