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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I’d like to read this book on Kindle Don’t have a Kindle? Share your thoughts with other customers. Write a customer review. Showing of 15 reviews. Top Reviews Most recent Top Reviews. There was a problem filtering reviews right now. Please try again later. This is an abridged reprint of a book originally published in This book by anthropologist Evans-Pritchard is best understood as a reaction against the work of the earlier anthropologist Levy-Bruhl.
Levy-Bruhl had witchcrft that “primitive” people have a “pre-logical” mentality, in that they are willing to accept worldviews that include contradictions. Evans-Pritchard disagrees, and uses the case study of the Azande, an African tribe, to make his point.
The Azande routinely appealled to “witchcraft” in their daily witchcragt. I cannot say how accurate Evans-Pritchard’s account was of the Azande during his stay, or how much they have changed since the 30’s.
For example, the Azande would explain at least some bad events as the result of witchcraft being practiced against them, and would use a “poison oracle” to determine who the witch was. However, Evans-Pritchard sets out the Azande beliefs in a way that shows that they form a fairly coherent evvans. He also notes that it was possible for him to live according to these beliefs during his stay with the Azande.
This book and ;ritchard of Evans-Pritchard’s essays have stimulated an immense amount of secondary literature. Peter Winch see his articles in Bryan R. Winch argues that the test of whether something e.
azanse Consequently, it is simply a sort of category mistake to desribe the Zande pritfhard as unscientific, since “science” is our standard of rationality, not their standard.
Charles Taylor in an essay in the volume of his collected papers on “rationality and the human sciences” argues against Winch that, since the Azande beliefs have empirical consequences e.
Consequently, the Zande beliefs can fail or conceivably pass azznde verification. If you are interested in contemporary anthropological studies of Africa, you should look for a more recent book. However, this is an azanse gateway to some challenging debates over how to think about rationality cross-culturally.
Evans Pritchard is one of the foremost anthropologist in the twentieth century as well as being one of the first to do serious work in Africa. In this book his main focus is the three oracles of the Azande in the Sudan. These being in order of decreasing importance: He spent extended time researching and was directly feed information from an informant who being taught the secrets of witchdoctors. On the negative side it does have a somewhat condescending tone to African Culture as well as to Africans in general.
However, this takes away little from the whole product. Hugely influential ethnographical treasure.
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