New PDF release: Ban of the Bori: Demons and Demon-Dancing in West and North

By A. J. N. (Arthur John Newman) Tremearne

ISBN-10: 071461730X

ISBN-13: 9780714617305

Absolutely illustrated. Chapters contain: The foundation of the Hausa Colonies in North Africa; Totemism and King-killing; own Enhancement and get dressed; Habitations and household lifestyles; start and Puberty; loss of life and the After-Life; Magic. The Saints and the Magicians; Magic within the House—Love Charms; Magic within the House—Self-Preservation; Magic within the Fields—^Agriculture, and so on; Magic within the Fields—Hunting, and so forth; Superstitions and Omens; Bori - The Black Spirits; Bori - The Temples and the Sect, and extra.

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Dabga manner. is for the face The and head is prepared in the following (something like that of a gum-tree) roasted in a small pot of clay (Fig. i), the joint being fruit covered with mud. When smoke begins to arise—^within a few minutes—the pot is removed, and the lid is taken off. A few drops of water are poured in, and the mixture (black) is painted on with a thin stick or other object Khadejia used a broken European knitting-needle for the purpose. — — PERSONAL ENHANCEMENT AND DRESS 57 The patterns on the face (Fig.

Snakes are — ^theoretically — ^by no means regarded as It may be remembered that in Hausa and Customs, one story (No. 80) relates how one of these reptiles, which had previously saved a youth's life, bit him because its weekly offering ^which ought to have Supersti- enemies. tions — been placed upon an ant-hill this —^was not forthcoming, and probably refers to the practice mentioned above. Some snakes indeed become very friendly. Thus the kwakiya may take up its abode in the grass roof of the living hut, and from time to time descend to the floor it wUl always do so in honour of the birth of a son— and for that reason a pinch of meal is thrown down by — the people before eating.

Being emptied sweepings are all the drains, but as the shot out into the streets, the surround- ings are anything but tidy. men who often kept very neat, washing down The rubbish is collected by (mostly Arabs) in the employ of the Government, place in it and take carts, it to a depot to be destroyed. The being great majority of the inhabitants of Hausaland, now Mohammedans, must perform some ceremonial am solemnly assured that it was always wash face, hands, and feet early in the morning, before and after food, and that those in North washings, but their custom I to Africa always do this.

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