Pub. date: 2009 | Online Pub. Date: January 26, 2009 | DOI: 10.4135/9781412964623 | Print ISBN: 9781412936361 | Online ISBN: 9781412964623| Publisher:SAGE Publications, Inc.About this encyclopedia
Molefi Kete Asante
The Nuer are an African people who live in southern Sudan near the conjunction of the Nile and Sobat Rivers in an area that has been called the Bahr el Ghazal. They call themselves “naath.” It is an accepted fact that the Nuer cross the border into Ethiopia, and their concentrated region encompasses Lake No. The Nuer are an ancient people whose common linkages to the Atuot and the Dinka have brought about certain common customs and a mixture of traditions. Cattle are important among all three groups, and it is believed that the separation of these three peoples occurred over cosmological and religious disputes about the nature of cattle in the society. The Nuer moved more deeply away from any contact with the Western world and found that they were more protected from the interference of either the Muslims or the Christians until the 19th century. In effect, the ...