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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…

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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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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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Great African Travellers

Great African Travellers

William H. G. Kingston

An account of some of the best known African explorers of the 19th Century, including Livingstone and Stanley. Fully illustrated, 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…

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The Holy Piby

Robert Athlyi Rogers

The Holy Piby was written by Robert Athlyi Rogers, who founded an Afrocentric religion in the US and West Indies in the 1920s. Rogers’ religious movement, the Afro Athlican Constructive Church, saw Ethiopians (in the Biblical sense of Black Africans) as the chosen people of God, and proclaimed Marcus Garvey, the prominent Black Nationalist…

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Human Leopards

K. J. Beatty

Subtitled, ‘An Account Of The Trials Of Human Leopards Before The Special Commission Court; With A Note On Sierra Leone Past And Present’, this book, first published in 1915 seems like it’s going to be an awesome account of mutant humans with leopard like powers. Unfortunately, this is not the case. It is about the Human Leopard Society…

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