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Studia ethnologica Croatica, Vol.2 No.1 June 1991.

Preliminary communication

Bernardo Kohnen - missionar, ethnologist and linguist among Shilluk

Damir Zorić ; Department of Ethnology and Cultural Anthropology, Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences, University of Zagreb, Croatia

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Zorić, D. (1990). Bernardo Kohnen - misionar, etnolog i jezikoslovac među Šilucima. Studia ethnologica Croatica, 2(1), 97-124. Retrieved from

Bernardo Kohnen F.S.C. (Filii Sacratissimi Cordis) was born in Hanover 1876. As a child he was settled in Bosnia received his school education by the Jesuits in Travnik and, afterwards, lived among the Sudan tribes Shilluk, Denka, Nuer, and others. He was the first to compose the Shilluk grammar, the Shilluk -Italian and the - English dictionaries; he translated the Gospels into Shilluk and wrote several other works in Shilluk. All this was done at the encouragement and with the help of the Sudanese government. He gave a collection of arms and tools that he had collected from the natives, as a gift to Jesuit missionary museum in Zagreb as well as to the Ethnographic museum in Zagreb. He died in Rome in 1939.

Bernardo Kohnen; Africa; Šiluk tribe missionar; linguist; ethnologist

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