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Bail Delegates Authority


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(Dilling, Nuba/Sudan)

Bail, the one supreme almighty god, exists in a vague realm above. He gives and takes life, but does not directly guide the lives and affairs of mortals, entrusting this work to a number of spirits called Arro.

These Arro dwell in the next world, but a house is built for each in the community that he represents. The Arro then advise the living chief of the community, controlling the affairs of the community in the next world, looking after the welfare of mortals in this world. They bring prosperity or plagues to reward or punish mortals for their good or evil deeds. Rewards for good deeds are happiness, good crops, fecundity, success in war, and long life; punishments consist of misfortune, bad crops through bad rains or plagues of locusts, sterility, plagues on men and cattle, defeat in war, and death.

Subjects: Religion.


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