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Catalog # 135
Title Shilluk of Southern Sudan, the
Series Disappearing World Series
Filmmaker Paul Howars and Walter Kunijwok
Year 1977
Subject Politics
Format VHS
Region Africa
Description Produced by Granada Television International. 1977. ISBN: ? Summary This film presents a compelling visual and aural analysis of Shilluk kingship in 1975, and provides a very useful complement to Evans-Pritchard's 1948 text, The Divine Kingship of the Shilluk. Although the Reth (king) has been reduced to the status of second-class magistrate in dispute settlement by the Sundanese government, he is still the focus of political and national identity for a Shilluk people composed of competing territorial groupings. At the death of the Reth, his spirit passes into the Nile. This film follows the procession of priests as they carry the effigy of Nyikang, the 16th century founder of the Shilluk dynasty, and his son Dak on the pilgrimage from the Nile, retracing the movements of their conquest of the North, capturing the Reth and installing Nyikang. The journey is part of a spiritual renewal for the Shilluk, as well as a renewal of political unity which reaffirms the social order. The outcome of the journey is known, for the Reth-elect will be captured after a ritual battle, and only after being possessed by the spirit of Nyikang will he be installed as King. Thus, the office is seen to be more powerful than the man, and the continuity of divine kingship is affirmed. Descript 1 videocassette (53 min.) : sd., color ; 1/2 in Series Disappearing World Series Cast Director: Chris Curling Anthropological consultants: Paul Howell, Walter Kunijwok, André Singer Subject Southern Sudan Shilluk kingship in 1975 and its history