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The Anthropological LensRethinking E. E. Evans-Pritchard$
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Christopher Morton

Print publication date: 2020

Print ISBN-13: 9780198812913

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: July 2020

DOI: 10.1093/oso/9780198812913.001.0001

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Visuality and textuality

Visuality and textuality

Encountering Zande ritual

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The Anthropological Lens

Christopher Morton

Oxford University Press

Chapter 3 examines a sequence of twelve photographs that Evans-Pritchard took of his assistant Kamanga’s initiation into the Zande corporation of witch doctors. I consider them from the perspective of his core fieldwork methodology, that of writing vernacular texts, making a series of comparisons between these two fieldwork methods. I also explore the way in which the photographs allow us to understand Evans-Pritchard’s movement in the ritual space during the ceremony, and the way that his photographic engagement in the event was balanced with his own participation as the sponsor of Kamanga. The chapter also examines the way in which some of the images were published as a sequence, and the way in which Evans-Pritchard used them within the monograph to establish his argument.

Keywords:   Zande people, ritual, witch doctors, participant-observation, photographic series

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