A Dinka boy from South Sudan lavishes endless care and affection on his animals which he considers to be part of the family. He is named after his favored ox, his Namesake Ox, in the hope he will mature with the same strength and beauty. He believes that he and his Namesake Ox are one. In the future this animal will accompany him anywhere, even when he is courting young girls.
by Carol Beckwith and Angela Fisher