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Title:Some Aspects of Clanship and Descent amongst the Nuba of South-Eastern Kordofan
Author:Faris, J.
Periodical:Sudan Notes and Records
Geographic term:Sudan
Peoples of Africa (Ethnic Groups)
Abstract:Oriented primarily toward bringing up to date, clarifying and correcting the knowledge of the social organization of the Nuba peoples of the south-eastern corner of Kordofan - particulary the villages of Kao, Niaro and Fungor. The only published material of any consequence on the area is in S.F. Nadel's 'Dual Descent in the Nuba Hills' (in African Systems of Kinship and Marriage). His paper of 1950, based on the village of Niaro, contains a number of inaccuracies and errors, which are corrected here. The aspects of social organization discussed surround the phenomenon - unique in Sudan - known as dual descent, double descent, duolineal descent. In South-eastern Kordofan, an individual inherits property of various types from both descent groups, and has numerous other rights and obligations to both kinship groups. The actual groups chiefly considered in this paper are the patriclans and the matriclans (and sections of clans). Ref.