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Title:Pigs: the democratic philosophers of the medieval Sudan
Authors:Spaulding, JayISNI
Spaulding, J.L.ISNI
Year:1989
Issue:134
Pages:15
Language:English
Series:Working papers
City of publisher:Boston, Mass.
Publisher:African Studies Center, Boston University
Geographic term:Sudan
Subjects:agricultural history
pigs
Abstract:This study explores the questions of when and why the mainstream of the cultural community in northern Sudan rejected the pig. It focuses on the comparatively accessible medieval and postmedieval periods. The study argues that the demise of the Nubian pig at the close of the medieval era testifies to the abandonment of an integrated system of comparatively sedentary agriculture in favour of a more mobile system for obtaining a livelihood that reverted to emphasis upon large livestock (camels) in the north, and cattle in the south.