A Voice from the Congo: Comprising Stories, Anecdotes, and Descriptive Notes

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C. Scribner's Sons, 1910 - Africa, Central - 330 pages
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Page iv - ... in the African composition. There was a good side to even the most villainous-looking savage, and I generally found it. " In this free and easy way I entered into the lives of the natives. My sympathy, which was with them at the commencement, ripened with time. They appealed strongly to me by reason of their simplicity and directness, their lack of scheming or plotting, and by the spontaneity of everything they did.
Page 207 - ... sprinkled powdered chalk and potash on the wounds, delivering the while, in rapid tones, an appeal to us to maintain unbroken the sanctity of the contract ; and then our arms being rubbed together, so that the flowing blood intermingled, we were declared to be brothers of one blood, whose interests henceforth should be united as our blood now was.
Page 266 - Congo), and in cases of wasting sickness, the Moyo is supposed to have wandered away from the sufferer. In these cases a search party is sometimes led by a charm doctor, and branches, land-shells, or stones are collected.
Page 273 - UPPER CONGO tribes, he proceeds : ' An incision was made in both our right arms, in the outer muscular swelling just below the elbow, and as the blood flowed in a tiny...
Page 224 - It has been my experience that the longer one lives with Africans the more one grows to love them. Prejudices soon vanish. The black skin loses some of its unpleasant characteristics, for one knows that it covers such a very human heart.
Page 266 - health is identified with the word ' Moyo ' (spirit, Lower Congo), and in cases of wasting sickness, the Moyo is supposed to have wandered away from the sufferer.
Page 266 - Congo) a charm doctor is called to discover the person guilty of having exercised an evil influence; for among most Congo tribes death is seldom regarded in the light of a natural event. In most cases the charm doctor accuses an old person, or a slave, of having been the cause. The accused is forthwith secured, and at an appointed time is submitted to a poison ordeal.
Page 282 - There exists throughout the Congo population a marked appreciation of the sentiment of decency and shame as applied to private actions," says Mr. Herbert Ward. In explanation of the nudity of the women at Upoto, a chief remarked to Ward that "concealment is food for the inquisitive.
Page 266 - When the elders of a village consider that the women are not bearing the usual proportion of children, they proclaim an " N'Kimba." The charm doctors, and other active agents of the rite, take up quarters in an isolated forest, where they are soon joined by numbers of voluntary initiates. Boys and men of any age are eligible as are also girls, and women who have not borne a child.
Page 122 - ... language of the tribe in the very adjoining country. Their doctrine is the survival of the fittest. Strength and cunning are qualities that command the most respect among these poor, heathenish creatures. Every man's hand is against his neighbor, and throughout the country man's worst enemy is man. It happened one day that the occupants of a fishing canoe returned to Yabuli in a great state of excitement. They had been down the river fishing, near the village of Basoko, which is situated at the...

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