The Uganda protectorate: an attempt to give some description of the physical geography, botany, zoology, anthropology, languages and history of the territories under British protection in East Central Africa, between the Congo Free State and the Rift Valley and between the first degree of south latitude and the fifth degree of north latitude

Front Cover
Hutchinson & Co., 1902 - African languages
0 Reviews
 

What people are saying - Write a review

We haven't found any reviews in the usual places.

Other editions - View all

Common terms and phrases

Popular passages

Page 521 - Undoubtedly (to my thinking) most "fairy" myths arose, from the contemplation of the mysterious habits of dwarf troglodyte races lingering on still in the crannies, caverns, forests, and mountains of Europe after the invasion of neolithic man. But we must not too widely assume that these, extinct pygmy races were negroes. They might well have been the dwarfed descendants of earlier and less definite human species; they may have been primitive Mongols or Eskimos. All the three species, or subspecies,...
Page 682 - Kagera until eight generations back, when, according to tradition, a sportsman from Unyoro, by name Uganda, came with a pack of dogs, a woman, a spear and a shield, hunting on the left bank of Katonga valley, not far from the lake. He was but a poor man, though so successful in hunting that vast numbers of the Wiru flocked to him for flesh, and became so fond of him as to invite him to be their king, saying, 'Of what avail to us is our present king, living so...
Page 807 - WARRIOR (XAIVASHA most of the women knock out the two lower incisor teeth. Mr. Sidney Hinde states that the reason given by the Masai for this practice is that tetanus was once a scourge amongst them, and that it was found to be a comparatively simple matter to feed a man suffering from lockjaw if food could be introduced through the gap caused by taking out two of his lower incisor teeth. It may be this explanation has been invented recently to explain a very ancient custom inherited by the Masai...
Page 517 - ... kobolds, elves, sprites, gnomes, and fairies. Like some of the Bushmen (who are, however, an independent development or an arrested type of Negro) who inhabited South Africa when it was first discovered by Europeans, and who still exist in the south-western, part of that continent, like the European and Asiatic races of the early Stone Age, these Negro Dwarfs in bleak or poorly forested regions no doubt lived in caves and holes, and the rapid manner in which they disappeared into these holes,...
Page 527 - Africa. Perhaps the forest pygmies of to-day are more nearly allied to the west African Bantu and Nile negroes than they are to the Bushman-Hottentot group, which last is a section of the negro subspecies somewhat clearly marked off and separated from other negro races. Many centuries ago these stunted little negroes — of yellowish skin and somewhat hairy bodies, of large heads, and of noses not only flat but with the wings much developed, and rising as high as the central cartilage of the nose...
Page 644 - Dr Cook, of the Church Missionary Society, in one of his reports to the Bishop of Uganda in 1901, remarked, "In Uganda syphilis is universal". So far as can be ascertained, this plague did not exist in the country until communications were opened up with the Zanzibar coast-lands and with the Sudan provinces of Egypt between 1850 and 1860.
Page 661 - Narrow paths may circulate between die huts of peasants or as by-ways, but as a rule the Muganda prefers to make roads as broad as those in vogue in civilised countries at the present day. The public ways are kept fairly free from the growth of vegetation, but no attempt is made, of course, to metal their surface, and consequently the heavy rains cut deeply into their clay soil, so that the roads in their present condition are quite unsuited to wheeled traffic. THE BAGANDA wwwvwwww Among the Eskimo...
Page 837 - European societies, not only amongst the Masai, but in the allied Nandi and Silk peoples, to spit at a person is a very great compliment. The earlier travellers in Masailand were astonished, when making friendship with old Masai chiefs and head-men, to be constantly spat at. When I entered the Uganda Protectorate and met the Masai of the Rift Valley for the first time, every man, before extending his hand to me, would spit on the palm.
Page 594 - It does not seem, however, that prostitution is common among unadulterated savages. In some cases it is expressly said to be due to contact with foreigners.7 Yet however commonly pre-nuptial chastity be disregarded in the savage world, we must not suppose that such 1 James, Account of an Expedition...
Page 515 - I should also observe that similar prognathous, long-upper-lipped, shortlegged Negroes reappear, though in a less marked form, among the Bantu people on the western slopes of Mount Elgon, in the dense forests clothing the flanks of that huge extinct volcano. The illustration on p. 513 was drawn from an individual whom I found lurking in the forest near the Belgian station of Fort Mbeni, to the west of the Semliki River.