This item consists of a recorded Shilluk song (wav file), accompanied with annotation (in Praat TextGrid) and associated information: metadata, permissions and speaker questionnaire. The associated information is also summarized, in a spreadsheet. The TextGrid annotation includes Shilluk orthography, translation, and comments. There is also a picture illustrating makeup.


The recording at the center of this item is a song. Women songs are usually songs of praise mostly boasting about their beauty and the make-up. But there are many women who are composers of social and political songs. The women and also girls sing when they walk together or sit in one place doing a collective work. Two people sing the same song in turn while the rest are listening, or the group divide itself into two, and they go from song to song. The composer is from Panyidwäy Palo, and she is married in Panyikango, Pakäng Village. She composed these two songs for the women of Pakang who are here in Juba. She says in the first song that they do not spend time making up their beauty, because it is very simple and easy like throwing the end of top onto the shoulder or beating the paper with the stamp. But in the second song, she was telling Nyaar Awin, their leader to check it well, so that people would not say that there was something wrong. So the make-up is simple and easy to do but the leader must be careful to check it. NB 1. About make-up. The notion of make-up is simple: it is called dressing ‘ruugo’. It involves the following elements: put on beautiful clothes; put on forearm beads; put on arm beads; put on ankle bells; put on nice shoes; put on any other decorative things. A picture illustrating makeup is included (PictureOfMariaBocayOnak_IllustrationOfMakeup.pdf). NB 2. The age set of a married woman depends on the age set of her husband. So if she is married to an older man, she must join the women of her husband’s age set. But women can take a different name from the one that belongs to their husbands. [The same description covers JuliaJamesOdhok_songTheDaughterOfAwin.]

Data Citation

Gwado Ayoker, Otto; Remijsen, Bert. (2014). JuliaJamesOdhok_songTheBestMakeup, 2013 [sound]. University of Edinburgh. School of Philosophy, Psychology and Language Sciences. Linguistics and English Language. http://dx.doi.org/10.7488/ds/32.
Date made available13 Jan 2014
PublisherEdinburgh DataShare
Temporal coverage7 Dec 2013 - 7 Dec 2013
Geographical coverageSouth Sudan

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