Ngundeng Pyramid

Ngundeng Pyramid
Ngundeng Pyramid(Nuer Mound of Deng Kur)
was a pyramid structure built by the Nuer to honor the sky god Deng and his prophet Ngundeng in the Rumjok territory of the Lou, a Nuer ethnic, in South Sudan. The structure was destroyed by the colonial government in 1928, which viewed the structure as a symbol of Nuer resistance. The pyramid was 50-60 feet high. It was built with ash, earth, and materials from cattle camps. The main Nuer ethnics that built the structure were the Lou and Eastern Jikany tribes. The son of Ngundeng, Gwek, another prophet added to the structure. The base was surrounded by elephant tusk. Another smaller pyramid was reported to be in Eastern Jikany territory, built by a prophet named Deng, a son of Dul. It is believed mound building and the worship of Deng, the sky-god, originated with the Dinkas.


Work Cited

Evans-Pritchard, E. E(1969). The Nuer, a description of modes livelihood and political institutions of a Nilotic people. Oxford University Press: New York, p. 186. ISBN 0-19-500322-5

Morton, Chris. "Nuer mound of Deng Kur" Southern Sudan Project (in development). 03 Jan. 2006. Pitt Rivers Museum. Accessed 10 Jul. 2012 <http://southernsudan.prm.ox.ac.uk/details/1967.26.187/>

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