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By Godfrey Lienhardt

Initially released in 1961, this research of the faith of Southern Sudan's Dinka humans is now thought of a minor vintage of social anthropology. Lienhardt examines the advanced meanings of divine imagery and relates those to the Dinkas' adventure of existence and loss of life. From the function of clergymen to the interpretation of hymns, prayers, and myths, Lienhardt offers an extraordinary research and interpretation of this humans and their faith.

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The permanent hereditary priesthood of masters of the fishing-spear is described in later chapters. Here we consider those. seers, diviners, and prophets whose ·powers, unlike those of the priests, are not necessarily hereditary. I first consider and then dismiss as marginal a number of magical practitioners whose powers reside in their possession of fetish-bundles, which they may have bought or inherited. n with medicine'. war is the term for grass and vegetable hfe generally, and hence for medicine, in the dual sense of h'7baJ remedies and magical medicines.

Children incur an obligation to their parents, and especially to their father, by the very fact of their birth. This obligation is often stressed, and 'heartless' children who neglect the. wishes of the parents who bore them are much criticized. Bringing up, which involves caring for, feeding, protecting, and instructingall included in the Dinka word muk-is the second source of dependence. brings the childish dependence of the son to an end; but he remains always religiously dependent upon'his father, as his link with Divinity, the clan-divinities, and the chain of his ancestors.

Plants which grow without human aid on graves or shrines are associated with divine action. The tree akier, or acier (unidentified), which loses its leaves in the wet season and, unlike all other trees, brings forth leaves in the dry, is regarded as tim nhialic, the tree of Divinity. The inderab tree (akac, Cordia Rathii), which plays an important part in religious rites later described, is also a tree of Divinity, since it stores water and is sappy at the end of the dry season when other trees are dormant.

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