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Title:Atuot Totemism
Author:Burton, John W.ISNI
Periodical:Journal of Religion in Africa
Geographic term:Sudan
Subjects:African religions
Peoples of Africa (Ethnic Groups)
Religion and Witchcraft
External link:https://www.jstor.org/stable/1581055
Abstract:The Atuot are pastoral Nilotic-speaking people in the Southern Sudan. After a précis of material on 'totemism' as conceived by the Nuer and Dinka, serving as preface to a consideration of the Atuot material, this assay attempts an understanding of Atuot ideas which can be called totemistic, under full recognition that what Atuot conceive of as animal 'divinities' or 'spirits' are rather wide of the mark of the clasical definitions. However, the author does not consider this limited body of data to be of any special importance but he is more concerned with its comparative import vis-ŕ-vis the better known Nuer and Dinka. Should this discussion have a broader revelance than understanding one aspect of Nilotic symbolism, then it may offer a further dimension to the more pervading issue which Needham raises. Notes.