This item consists of a recorded Shilluk narrative (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.


The sound recording at the center of this item is narrative, explaining an aspect of Shilluk culture. Shilluk traditions govern everyday life. There are norms that must be observed by everybody. Purity is the most feared tradition because it involves fines and punishments. In this narrative, the performer elaborates on the norms that should be observed by women, beginning from the time the girl becomes a woman. And that every woman must teach these norms to her daughter(s). The focus in this narrative is the belief that when a woman is having her monthly period or pregnant (1-5 month), she is unclean, and that she needs to keep away from sick people during this period.

Data Citation

Gwado Ayoker, Otto; Remijsen, Bert. (2014). NyathomThaboOdhong_TraditionOfWomen, 2013 [sound]. University of Edinburgh. School of Philosophy, Psychology and Language Sciences. Linguistics and English Language. http://dx.doi.org/10.7488/ds/52.
Date made available28 Jan 2014
PublisherEdinburgh DataShare
Temporal coverage7 Dec 2013 - 7 Dec 2013
Geographical coverageSouth Sudan

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