Bronislaw Malinowski, the Trobriand people and the Kula

In the early twentieth century the Trobriand people were the subject of an in-depth ethnographic study by Bronislaw Malinowski. The anthropologist lived on Mailu Island for several years. He learnt their language and interacted with the islanders daily. His stated aim was to understand the “imponderabilia of everyday life” in the tribe. 

Evans-Pritchard and the Religion of the Nuer Tribe

Evans-Pritchard and the Religion of the Nuer Tribe

Evans-Pritchard describes the religious beliefs of the Nuer tribe as “spiritual” in that they conceive God to be Kwoth, a “being of true spirit” who is everywhere and in everything. They believe that everything they are and everything they have and everything that happens is so because it is his will.

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