Anderson, R. G.. Some tribal customs in their relation to medicine and morals of the Nyam-nyam and Gour people inhabiting the eastern Bahr-El-Ghazal

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“mutilation. (3) Ungua-dro-baso ( Zandeh)


Throttling . ( Zandeh , Muvo-gowko)

By The Knife . ( Zandeh , Muvira Gowko)

“ Blinding . ( Zandeh , Modi-boglico)

By The Spear

By Poison

By Fire

“ The Salt Cure . ( Nyam-nyam , Goa).

“ Sucking Cure. ( Nyam-nyam, Gnano)

“ Spitting

“ Extraction Of Foreign Bodies

“ The Tying Cure


“ Heat Cure

“ Cupping . (makanowa Bunga Tirio, Gour Tongue) [wb: Figure Not Duplicated For Files]

“ The Benga Rite

The Ordeal

Devil-dancing Divination

“ Whistling Cure

“ The Divining Board. Euwa Rite ( Zandeh Tongue) (plate Xvii., Fig. 4 And Fig. 79)

“ Other Means Of Divination [jma: Not Clear If This Pertains To The Azande, Gour Or Both].

“ The Spell Of Sahar Or Zarr

“ Blood-brotherhood

“ Sacrifices

“ Casting-out Of Devils

“ Classification Of Charms

“( A ) Substances Of Medico-magical Value

“( B ) Objects Of Attractive Value

“( C ) Conventional Or Specific Charms

1. Whistle Charms ( Nyam-nyam)

“2. Gun Medicine Charm

“3. Mourning Charms . ( Nyam-nyam)

“4. Lightning Charm . ( Nyam-nyam)


Chest Complaints

Eye Diseases

Chigger . Tuk Tuk ( Zandeh Tongue)

Guinea Worm

Snake-bites And Scorpion Stings

Stomach Complaints

Venereal Disease



5. Yeo Or Teo ( Nyam-nyam) , Or Dingiti ( Gour )

6. Ardaib ( Tamarindus Indicus )

7. Gaganga

8. Glimbia

9. Unkoa

12. Fat And Oil

13. ‘red Earth’

14. Wood-ash

15. Salt

16. Tobacco ( Nicotiana Tabacum )

17. Hashish


“arrow Poisons (quanzi Benga) ( Gour And Nyam-nyam Tongue)

“ Circumcision

Extraction And Mutilation Of Teeth (plate Xx.)

“ Lip Perforation. ...

“ Surgical Instruments And Appliances

Wounds And Ulcers


Foreign Bodies

“ Cleanliness

“ Dress

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Title: Some tribal customs in their relation to medicine and morals of the Nyam-nyam and Gour people inhabiting the eastern Bahr-El-Ghazal

Published in: if part or section of a book or monograph Fourth report of Wellcome Tropical Research Laboratories at the Gordon Memorial College Khatroum -- Vol. B

Published By: Original publisher Fourth report of Wellcome Tropical Research Laboratories at the Gordon Memorial College Khatroum -- Vol. B London: Baillière, Tindall and Cox. 1911. 239-277 p., plates [incomplete] ill.

By line: Author's name as appearing in the actual publication R. G. Anderson

HRAF Publication Information: New Haven, Conn.: Human Relations Area Files, 1999. Computer File

Culture: Culture name from the Outline of World Cultures (OWC) with the alphanumberic OWC identifier in parenthesis. Azande (FO07)

Subjects: Document-level OCM identifiers given by the anthropology subject indexers at HRAF Body alterations (304); Theory of disease (753); Sanctions (681); Sacred objects and places (778); Medical therapy (757);

Abstract: Brief abstract written by HRAF anthropologists who have done the subject indexing for the document Captain R. G. Anderson of the Royal Army Medical Corps reports on the medical and moral customs of the Nyam-nyam Azande and Gour. His observations of the semi-magical preventitive and therapeutic techniques, drugs, and charms are made apropos of introducing and applying modern scientific medicine. Anderson covers most extensively mutilation (for punishment, decoration, and status distinction), charms, and the prevalent diseases with their conventional cures. Anderson's observations on 'morality' are scanty and ethnocentric and have not been excerpted.

Document Number: HRAF's in-house numbering system derived from the processing order of documents 10

Document ID: HRAF's unique document identifier. The first part is the OWC identifier and the second part is the document number in three digits. fo07-010

Document Type: May include journal articles, essays, collections of essays, monographs or chapters/parts of monographs. Component part(s), monograph

Language: Language that the document is written in English

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Field Date: The date the researcher conducted the fieldwork or archival research that produced the document no date

Evaluation: In this alphanumeric code, the first part designates the type of person writing the document, e.g. Ethnographer, Missionary, Archaeologist, Folklorist, Linguist, Indigene, and so on. The second part is a ranking done by HRAF anthropologists based on the strength of the source material on a scale of 1 to 5, as follows: 1 - poor; 2 - fair; 3 - good, useful data, but not uniformly excellent; 4 - excellent secondary data; 5 - excellent primary data Government Official-5

Analyst: The HRAF anthropologist who subject indexed the document and prepared other materials for the eHRAF culture/tradition collection. WB ; 1950

Coverage Date: The date or dates that the information in the document pertains to (often not the same as the field date). not specified

Coverage Place: Location of the research culture or tradition (often a smaller unit such as a band, community, or archaeological site) eastern Bahr-El-Ghazal, Sudan

LCSH: Library of Congress Subject Headings Zande (African people)


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