Pub. date: 2006 | Online Pub. Date: September 15, 2007 | DOI: 10.4135/9781412952453 | Print ISBN: 9780761930297 | Online ISBN: 9781412952453| Publisher:SAGE Publications, Inc.About this encyclopedia
The Zande (or Azande, using the Zande plural prefix a- ) are popular in anthropological literature thanks to the works of prominent British ethnographer, E. E. Evans-Pritchard. They are well known for the brilliant political success of their noble clans, their Trickster tales, their music, and especially for their beliefs in witchcraft, magic, and oracles. The Zande live along the Nile-Congo watershed in the very center of Africa. Numbering between 500,000 and 800,000, they live in the three modern-day countries of Congo (ex-Zaire), Sudan, and Central African Republic. Most of Zandeland is rolling savanna crossed with streams along which dense forests grow. The year is broken up into a summer dry season and a winter rainy season with the constantly warm temperatures to be expected just a few degrees north of the equator. The Zande practice shifting agriculture; the main crops are eleusine millet, sweet potatoes, cassava, peanuts, squash, and ...