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Identifier: womenofallnation01joyc
Title: Girls of all nations, a record of their characteristics, habits, manners, customs and influence
Year: 1908 (1900s)
Authors: Joyce, Thomas Athol, 1878-1942 Thomas, Northcote Whitridge, 1868-
Subjects: Ladies
Publisher: London, New York [and so on.] : Cassell and Company, restricted

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ness, had been clinging to me and imploringme not to go away ! And this happened ina nation where cannibalism is openlypractised Among games and instruction in herfuture duties the little girl grows up, to be,at the early age of twelve or thirteen, on thepoint of altering into a lady, and nowthe query of adore becomes crucial. Capello and Ivens say on this topic : * Let us contemplate for a moment whetherthe negress does or can enjoy in the loftysense of that word. If sheCongo loved, if she had the conscious- Courtship, ^^ss ^ ^^^t sublime sentimentwhich opens to us on earth thegates of heaven, she would manifest it inher actions, and by its help attain to somebelief, some religious faith, inasmuch as hervery felicity would assist her to comprehend• From Benguella to the Territory of Yacca. 3i6 Girls OF ALL NATIONS that there must be one thing much better andpurer above this material mundane hfe.But who is capable of inspiring her ith sucha feeling in the brutalised state of slavery in

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A BAZOKO Lady.With standard scar tattooing. whicli she lives ? Her husband ? Mostcertainly not. He basically encircles her withan iron girdle of obligations and despicablelabour, compels her to reside in the dirt, likehis dog, and toil and travail for his plea-certain she in her element dares not touch oreven look at him with out permission, shemay not eat at the exact same table, far less fromthe very same dish as he, and have to not acceptliquor from his hand. Some years ago, I should have subscribedin all sincerity to this statement, and cer-tainly shared the Portuguese explorersopinion. But since I have lived amongstnatives uncorrupted by the slave trade,I have formed a extremely different opinion.It is all accurate regarding the womendescribed in the early portion of this post,but not a word of it can be applied to theCongolese ladies, whose tribe has remaineduncorrupted by slave trade and aguardiente(gin). I feel competent to speak with perfectknowledge on the subject, possessing watchedwith Pickwickian benevolence

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Identifier: womenofallnation01joyc
Title: Girls of all nations, a record of their characteristics, habits, manners, customs and influence
Year: 1908 (1900s)
Authors: Joyce, Thomas Athol, 1878-1942 Thomas, Northcote Whitridge, 1868-
Subjects: Females
Publisher: London, New York [etc.] : Cassell and Firm, restricted

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image carved in wood by askilled artist this figure is kept in the hutof the mourner, and is an object of greatcare and veneration. the most appreciated part of the feast, itis impossible not to enter into some detailwith regard to this horrible custom. Cannibalism may possibly arise from several causes in some parts, where game is uncommon, it hasresulted from a craving for animal meals in other folks, it has been caused by the beliefthat by consuming the body of the slain enemyhis virtues are transferred to the personwho eats him whilst in other people (as somecountries in the Aruwimi) a man considershimself a type of family vault, pondering thatno fitter tomb can be identified for the deadthan the interiors of his relations a lot more-over in this country the eating of the corpseis regarded as a religious duty to thedeceased. 328 Females OF ALL NATIONS Today, of course, cannibalism is onlypractised in secret but when the firstexplorers came into the nation, not onlywas it practised openly, but the Europeans,

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^ II I ■ I IJ^^TMMI ■f^^&lt^P:./-JM WANGATA Girls.Showing strategy of shaving the heid and scar tattooing. getting alone amongst an imsubjugated popu-lation, had been obliged to tolerate it, andsometimes forced to be among the spectators.1 of the earliest white guys to visitthe Bangala, M. Coquilhat, hence describes a Feast of man eating Following a quarter of an hours walkthrough the outskirts of the village, weturned a corner and stood ahead of the wholescene. On the left is the band of woodendrums, iron gongs, and ivory trumpets, andthe varied sounds of these instruments unitein terrible din on the right, trembling withexcitement, stand the spectators hue uponline, in their greatest dresses, ornamented withfeathers, caps, and skins, and paint. Themusicians and the crowd form a circle round the spot of sacrifice, and a grove of palmand banana trees surround the complete witha picturesque screen. In the middle of thecircle, alone, sits the unhappy victim on asmall chair he is completely nakeda

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