This lesson presents a summary of E. E. Evans-Pritchard’s ethnographic study, Witchcraft, Oracles, and Magic Among the Azande. The study examines the. Witches, as Azande conceive them, cannot exist. The concept of witchcraft nevertheless provides them with a natural philosophy by which the relations between. A review of Evens-Pritchards book and how it portrayed and understood a crucial part of Azande culture in a time when cultural differences.

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E. E. Evans-Pritchard

No data is shared with Facebook unless you engage with this feature. Review “Surely no need for commentary on this anthropological classic at this late date, but it remains one of the most wonderfully written and useful texts ever. The Azande use three different types of oracles.

Skepticism on the efficacy of witch-doctors is prevalent, and possibly increasing on account of contemporaneous developments influx of more practitioners more readily revealing a greed-motive.

Witchcraft is an organic and hereditary phenomenon. No mechanism of the operator to manipulate the resultant verdict witchfraft known. We partner with Say Media witchcrat deliver ad campaigns on our sites. This page was last edited on 26 Septemberat This is used to identify particular browsers or devices when the access the service, and is used for security reasons. These being in order of decreasing importance: This supports the Maven widget and search functionality.

Always though the aim was to demonstrate that Azande were not irrational and their beliefs should not be written off out of hand, rejecting the theory of Edward Tylor that magical practice was illogical because they subverted the true cause and effect relationships. This though does enable the reader to see how their beliefs can be understood differently. Azande are careful not to eat fowls killed through the poison-test of the seance.


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Journal of the Royal African Society. Page 1 of 1 Start over Page 1 of 1. The least expensive but also least evabs oracle is the rubbing-board oracle. This ritual that goes along with the use of the oracle utilizes a chicken and that is administered a special poison and then asked questions to. I am really enjoying this book. This is the founding of the much improved anthropological method used today.

Witches perform their witchcraft through physical acts. Helped me greatly in my own assesed review of this book. Their modus operandi is the seance, which serves as a rare opportunity for the community to participate in an extra-familial social situation.

Since this process is considered private, little is known about individual cases other than by the kinsmen, oracle, and political authorities. As a strategy, accusing social superiors of witchcraft often backfires. On the negative side it does have a somewhat condescending tone to African Culture as well as to Africans in general.

He can’t seem to keep his own ego out of it; it’s supposed to be about Africans of Sudan, but he keeps talking about Europeans and how they believe. The chicken in this case died and he then asked another chicken if he should divorce the second wife since she is the one causing the illness.

Witchcraft, Oracles and Magic Among the Azande. The new changes to Azande society are exposed to a greater extent towards the end of the book, conveying the threat these changes posed to the beliefs and social system of the Azande. The termite oracle is more readily available to all. Retrieved 21 January This will then be taken to the court and shown to the judge to prove that the two had lied and were actually a part of adultery.

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Evans-Pritchard also acted to reflect on his own beliefs rather than merely allowing his previous understanding to overwhelm the possibility of Azande beliefs. No data is shared with Paypal unless you engage with this feature. Another briefly mentioned aspect of their beliefs is that of ghosts; it seems the Azande do have an association with ghosts but Evans-Pritchard fails to explain this belief at all.


Evans-Pritchard recorded the tendencies of Azandes to blame or attribute witchcraft as the cause of various mis-happenings.

Eleusineused in Amatangi magic, drying by a small tree. This page was last edited on 1 Julyat Jade is a graduate of Aberdeen University in Philosophy and Anthropology and remains interested in these areas while training as a teacher.

Evans-Pritchard: Witchcraft, Oracles & Magic Among The Azande Summary

You can use this to streamline signing up for, or signing in to your Hubpages account. Skip to content Part Of: The most notable of these issues involved the deaths of eight Azande people due to the collapse of a termite infested door frame. Notably in law, Princes courts were no longer the ultimate tribunal and what had been previously regarded as means of proof for Azande were disregarded by British rulers.

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These beliefs, although only one aspect of their society, are so prevalent in every-day life that the book is able to detail the important parts of Azande life and death through the study of witcbcraft.

Throughout comparisons are drawn between Western and Azande thoughts but without putting them into opposition and giving one greater truth value than another.

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