Nyikang, a cult-hero of the Shiluk tribe of the Upper Nile
His mother, Nyikaia, was apparently (1) a crocodile princess, and his father was (2) a king. We
hear (9) nothing of his childhood, but when he reaches manhood his brother (6) tries to kill him.
He goes (10) to another county, and (12) marries a king's daughter. After (11) a number of
victories, actual and magical, he (13) becomes king. For a time he reigns (14) prosperously, and
(15) prescribes laws, but at last the people begin (16) to complain against him. Distressed at this,
he (18) disappears mysteriously. Though (21) not buried, he (22) has a number of holy
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