A Collection of Temne Traditions, Fables and Proverbs: With an English Translation; Also Some Specimens of the Author's Own Temne Compositions and Translations

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Church Missionary Society, 1861 - Folklore, Temne - 298 pages
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Page 5 - He took out a gun, and gave it to the husband. They were not able to kill him; they chopped him, (but) the cutlas did not enter (his body); they shot at him with a gun, (but) the balls did not hit him; and he was able to fly.
Page vii - They believe that all men, who live in this world will go to the Hades (ie ro-krifi,*) ,,place" or ,,abode of departed spirits"), when they die, and will remain there for ever without a body; some in a happy, some in an unhappy state, according to their behaviour here. They also believe, that they will get their slaves again in Hades; provided they tie a rope round their neck when they die, and let the rope reach out of the grave, fastening it to a stick pinned on the grave for this purpose. (Cf....
Page vii - Of a proper resurrection of the dead on the last day, the Temnes have no idea; though they believe in some kind of judgment or retribution after death, or that their state after death will depend on their conduct here in this world. They believe that all men, who live in this world will go to the Hades (ie ro-krifi,*) ,,place...
Page 5 - Temne country, he fought till he reached here to Port-Loko. 1) Here at Port Loko he did not fight, he only traded with the Europeans. When he was ready to come here to Port Loko, at the towns, where he slept, he asked for boys; he took them and brought them, and went and sold them. When he met with a woman in childbed, he saluted (or: went to see) the woman in childbed.; he took out cloths and palmwine (or: liquor), and gave (them) to the woman, and said: ,,When thy child is worth the amount, I shall...
Page xi - ... man. But from the circumstance that the stones taken from the graves of relatives are the representatives of the Krifis ; one might be induced to believe that these Krifis are their deceased ancestors, deified, as it were, after their death, as is the case with the Bassutos in South-Africa.
Page v - They then went down to Sierra Leone, and from thence up to the Isles de Loss, where they settled again, and where their descendants are still living.
Page ix - ... covering only the sexual parts, leaving all the rest uncovered. The women are very chaste, and adultery is rare among them. The character of the Bisa is generally easy and pleasant, and they readily get on with strangers; they observe the rules of hospitality, and they do not like trading in slaves. They believe in the existence of a supreme being which they call Pambi. They have crude superstitions but they are crude to a lesser degree than those of other Kaffirs. They believe in metempsychosis,...
Page 13 - ... his head. He, on whose head the world was put before, has died, and another man 1) Little quarrels excepted as mentioned before. 2) Sense: ,,And the Chiefs and the Europeans made an agreement to this effect that none should raise an army exceeding, etc." 3) We may head this Chapter also as follows: An Account of the Creation of the World and of man as received by the Temnes according to the Traditions delivered to them by their Ancestors.
Page 23 - ... them close the water side. The black children he put in the country, and on hills, and in forests; he taught them to make grass-houses and mud-houses, and to make farms, and he made them to do all laborious work; but white peopie have not to do this work, they have not to make country-medicines, ') they do not practise divination;*) as regards all these things, he put them only on the black peopie.
Page 21 - The servant came, and separated them, he did as God sent him (to do); and went and told God: "I have done as thou hast said." God took out all sorts of implements, and gave them to his servant, and said: "Go." For those in the country he gave (to the servant), that he might carry to them all sorts of agricultural implements; as to those close the water side, he went and gave them all sorts of shipping implements. To the white people he gave artisans...

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