Sir Edward Evan Evans-Pritchard, FBA (21 September – 11 September ), known as Evans-Pritchard’s Witchcraft, Oracles and Magic Among the Azande is the first major anthropological contribution to the sociology of knowledge. Witchcraft, Oracles and Magic Among the Azande, Oxford: Oxford University Press, ; ed. and intro Eva Gillies, Oxford/ Clarendon Press. Witchcraft Oracles, and Magic among the Azande. Evans-Pritchard even admits that while there he also accepted their beliefs despite often.

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Evans-Pritchard continued to lecture at the LSE and conduct research in Azande and Bongo [2] land untilwhen he began a new research project among the Nuer. Glad I could help. Views Read Edit View history. This is used to detect comment spam. This is used for a registered author who enrolls in the HubPages Earnings program and requests to be paid via PayPal.

However, it is further revealed that Azande are themselves sceptical of this to some degree but this scepticism is most commonly explained as an individual failure of that witch-doctor. For more information on managing or withdrawing consents and how we handle data, visit our Privacy Policy at: Evans-Pritchard was so well renowned as an anthropologist, you would hope for greater.

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In he was posted to the British Military Administration of Cyrenaica in North Africa, and it was on the basis of his experience there that he produced The Sanusi of Cyrenaica. Anthropologists and the Christian Faith. Thank you for this!

Thank you for this review. 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. Each of the three main oracles used are described in detail; purpose, activities, and reliability.

Great ananlysis of authors approach. Chapters 5 to 7 look into the closed off practices of the witch-doctor leading to less conventional styles of ethnography.


Evans-Pritchard even admits that while there he also accepted their beliefs despite often appearing critical. Inhe published aong highly influential work Theories of Primitive Religionarguing against the existing theories of what at the time were called tje religious practices. The approach taken was to question the people and challenge their beliefs rather than to merely observe and accept their actions thus revealing an exposition of greater detail and understanding than most before.

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. Helped me greatly in my own assesed review of this book. Some articles have Vimeo videos evwns in them. Mgic in law, Princes courts were not 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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Egans beliefs, although only one aspect of their society, are so prevalent in every-day life that orscles book is able to detail the important parts of Azande life and death through the study of them. I’ve read a few similar books, recently. Also as it is unclear in some situations whether a practise is new or a well founded, conforming tradition from before British rule.

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I just read some of this book online. 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.

His first fieldwork began in with the Azandea people of the upper Nileand resulted in both a doctorate in and his classic Witchcraft, Oracles and Magic Among the Azande in Evans-Pritchardwas an English anthropologist who was instrumental in the development of social anthropology.

This page was last edited on 26 Septemberat Sometimes people who live in a region have a good reason for believing what they believe. CrowboroughEast SussexEngland.


It becomes obvious quickly that, although beliefs in witchcraft seem, from the Western perspective, to be irrational, the Azande perspective on it is not one of ignorance or naivety.

Review of E.E. Evans-Pritchard’s Witchcraft Oracles, and Magic Among the Azande

Beyond the descriptions and doubts of magic the chapter continues to describe the secretive existence of closed associations arising in the first two decades of the century, particularly the mani. We partner with Say Media to deliver ad campaigns on our sites. Despite any faults, this book was lracles first to truly seek the embedded understanding of magical practises and to explain the phenomena in the societies own terms, giving the Azande a greater level of respect.

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In he famously disavowed the commonly held view that anthropology was a natural sciencearguing instead that it should be grouped amongst the humanitieswirchcraft history. If it was a review it’ll be in the bibliography. Primarily though the focus is on the poison oracle, the findings of which are regarded as undeniable fact and primary source of court justification before British rule.

The first chapter explains how a witch is defined and what is attributed to witchcraft.

After his return to Oxford, he continued his research on Nuer. This service allows you to sign up for or associate a Google AdSense account with HubPages, so that you can earn money from ads on your articles.

He argued that the main issue facing anthropologists was one of translation—finding a way to translate one’s own thoughts into the world of another culture and thus manage to come to understand it, and then to translate this understanding back so as to explain it to people of one’s own culture.

The first topic discussed is that of witchcraft Mangu in chapters 1 to 4. The introduction manages to convey to some degree how Azande culture has greatly changed since the study allowing the reader to comprehend the changes which were beginning when the study was conducted.