At the Back of the Black Man’s Mind

At the Back of the Black Man's Mind

R. E. Dennett

Fully illustrated. Published in 1906, this book looks at Bantu and Yoruba spiritual practices and philosophy, including nature worship, sacred kingship, and shamanism. R. E. Dennett spent many years studying West African folklore, culture, and religion at the turn of the 19th century. Chapters include Sacred Lands And Rivers, Measures, Signs, And

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The Ban of the Bori, Demons and Demon-Dancing in West and North Africa

The Ban of the Bori, Demons and Demon-Dancing in West and North Africa

A. J. N. Tremearne

Fully illustrated. Chapters include: The Origin of the Hausa Colonies in North Africa; Totemism and King-killing; Personal Enhancement and Dress; Habitations and Domestic Life; Birth and Puberty; Death and the After-Life; Magic. The Saints and the Magicians; Magic in the House—Love Charms; Magic in the House—Self-Preservation; Magic in the Fields—^Agriculture, etc; Magic in the Fields—Hunting, etc; Superstitions and Omens; Bori…

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The Black Man’s Place in South Africa

The Black Man's Place in South Africa

Peter Nielsen

A surprisingly sympathetic account of the South African people here. The author sets out a question; can the natives of South Africa be assimilated into Western culture. He then goes on to detail a few things such as the mind of the native, their achievements, etc. He eventually comes to the conclusion that despite white people being…

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The Crime of the Congo

The Crime of the Congo

Arthur Conan Doyle

The Crime of the Congo is a 1909 book about human rights abuses in the Congo Free State, a private state established and controlled by the King of the Belgians, Leopold II. The book was intended as an exposé of the situation in the so-called Congo Free State, an area occupied and designated as the personal property of Leopold II of Belgium…

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Darkwater, Voices from Within the Veil

Darkwater, Voices from Within the Veil

William Edward Burghardt Du Bois

Darkwater: Voices From Within the Veil incorporates autobiographical information as well as essays, spirituals, and poems. Several of its essays are personal in nature, with obvious emotional rhetoric. The style maintains a religious tone and his spirituality is a common thread in many of the individual essays. Described in varying tones of black and brown, a Christ-like figure of racial hope is prevalent, signifying the coming moment…

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Fetichism in West Africa

Fetichism in West Africa

Robert Hamill Nassau

Subtitled ‘Forty Years of Observation Of Native Customs and Superstitions’. The author goes into incredible detail in the book, giving information on such things as the judicial system, spiritual beings, fetichism and it’s relation to a wide variety of daily activities, as well as the whole idea of God in West Africa. It has a lot of personal…

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Folk Stories from Southern Nigeria

Folk Stories from Southern Nigeria

Elphinstone Dayrell

Published in 1910 and with an introduction by Andrew Lang, this book contains 40 stories about animals and people, including Why The Moon Waxes And Wanes, Why The Cat Kills Rats, The Woman, The Ape, And The Child, The Disobedient Daughter Who Married A Skull, The King’s Magic Drum, The Tortoise With A Pretty Daughter, Concerning The Hawk And The Owl and The ‘Nsasak Bird And The Odudu Bird.

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Folk Tales of Angola

Folk Tales of Angola

Heli Chatelain

First published in 1894, this book contains 50 folk tales with the Ki-Mbundu text and the literal English translation. Tales include The Children and the Widow, Man and Turtle, The Woman who Longed for Fish, The Blacksmith and the Blackbirds, The Lions and Kimona-Ngombe, and the Frog and His Two Wives.

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Great African Travellers

Great African Travellers

William H. G. Kingston

Fully illustrated. An account of some of the best known African explorers of the 19th Century, including Livingstone and Stanley. This is a detailed account of the people they came across, their way of life, snippets of the slave trade, and of course hunting ‘vicious’ animals. An interesting glimpse into the era of colonial Africa.

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The Great Boer War

The Great Boer War

Arthur Conan Doyle

A non-fiction work on the Boer War. From the Preface: ‘During the course of the war some sixteen Editions of this work have appeared, each of which was, I hope, a little more full and accurate than that which preceded it. I may fairly claim, however, that the absolute mistakes made have been few in number, and that I have never had occasion to reverse, and seldom to modify, the judgments which I have formed. In this final edition the early…

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Great Explorations in Africa

Great Explorations in Africa

J. T. Headley

The full title of this 1886 book is ‘Great Explorations in the Wilds of Africa including Sir Samuel Baker’s expedition with a force of nearly two thousand men to suppress the slave trade; Lieut. Cameron’s ‘Across Africa’, with these travelers marvelous accounts of fighting the natives, hunting the hippopotamus, elephant and lion’.

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