Among the Primitive Bakongo; A Record of Thirty Years' Close Intercourse with the Bakongo and Other Tribes of Equatorial Africa, with a Description of Their Habits, Customs, & Religious Beliefs

Among the Primitive Bakongo; A Record of Thirty Years' Close Intercourse with the Bakongo and Other Tribes of Equatorial Africa, with a Description of Their Habits, Customs, & Religious Beliefs

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1914 edition. Excerpt: ... was so easy to say that the "ghosts" had taken such persons. Then, again, as the novices feigned death very often on the markets, and had on their best clothes and ornaments when they entered the lodge, and as they lived in nakedness in the lodge, and were supplied with new clothes by their friends when the time came for their "resurrection," their clothes and ornaments became the perquisites of the "doctor" and his assistants. Lastly, all those who had been under the "doctor" in the lodge most probably became his clients and called for his aid whenever they were sick, &c, after leaving the lodge, and in that way he built up a profitable business connection. "Ndembo, under the spell of which they had passed, is considered to be a powerful fetish; twisted roots and singular distortions of plant life are the symbol of ndembo--hunchback, club-foot, and other malformations, are attributed to ndembo. At times ndembo is spoken of as being something more than a fetish; it is said that he haunts certain woods as a demon, and I have been warned not to go into those woods, lest I too should suffer at the hands of the demon.1'1 Those initiated into this secret society receive new names, which they retain for life, for they are of a very complimentary character--implying fair, beautiful, light-skinned, &c There are certain names peculiar to this society, and there are others that are never used. While living in the lodge a member may not be accused of witchcraft, nor is he supposed to be susceptible to the witchcraft of others. But when the members have left the lodge and are living in the town, they are in the same position as other people as regards witchcraft. This accords with the ordinary...show more

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  • Paperback | 108 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 6mm | 209g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236950925
  • 9781236950925