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A. B. ELLIS, Yoruba-Speaking Peoples, OF THE SLAVE COAST OF WEST AFRICA, 1894

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Author:   A. B. ELLIS
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YORUBA-SPEAKING PEOPLES OF THE SLAVE COAST OF WEST AFRICA by A. B. ELLIS [1894]


D. Amaury Talbot, Woman's Mysteries of a Primitive People. The Ibibios of Southern Nigeria, 1915

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Author:   D. Amaury Talbot
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Woman's Mysteries of a Primitive People The Ibibios of Southern Nigeria by D. Amaury Talbot [1915] This is an ethnography of the Iboibo, a Nigerian tribe.Written by a pioneering English woman in the early 20th Century,this book focuses on the ritual life of women.Despite the naïve colonialist attitude,it presents a female perspective which was seldom seen in theethnographic literature of the period.


Drusilla Dunjee Houston, Wonderful Ethiopians of the Ancient Cushite Empire, 1926

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Author:   Drusilla Dunjee Houston
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Wonderful Ethiopians of the Ancient Cushite Empire by Drusilla Dunjee Houston [1926, no renewal] This is a pioneering, long-lost, work of Afrocentric history.Drusilla Dunjee Houston, (1876-1941) was a teacher, journalistand self-taught historian.Inspired by W.E.B. DuBois' The Negro , Houstonundertook a life-long quest to discover African historyfrom an African-American perspective.Today it is clear that conventional historians' fixation on 'Dead White Men' misses huge parts of the historical picture.Africa had several advanced civilizations in antiquitywhich flourished at the same time as the better known European and Asian ones.However, at the time that Houston wrote, history wasviewed ...


E.A.W. Budge, The Kebra Nagast, 1922

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Author:   E.A.W. Budge
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The Kebra Nagast by E.A.W. Budge [1922] This is a translation of the Kebra Nagast ,a tremendous collection of Ethiopian Biblical folklore.The Kebra Nagast tells the legend of theQueen of Sheba's son by King Solomon,Menyelek (also known herein as Bayna-Lehkem and David II).Menyelek engineers a plot to take the Tabernacle of the Law of God(i.e., the Ark of the Covenant) to Ethiopia.This is done at the behest of an Angel of God who predicts the downfallof the kingdom of Solomon.
Comitted to writing in the fourteenth century,the Kebra Nagast was derived from Ethiopian oral traditionsof the Queen of Sheba and her state marriage with Solomon.The Kebra Nagast has been cited as one of the ...


Fitz Balintine Pettersburg, The Royal Parchment Scroll of Black Supremacy, 1926

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Author:   Fitz Balintine Pettersburg
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The Royal Parchment Scroll of Black Supremacy By Fitz Balintine Pettersburg [1926?] This is a text from Jamaica, written during the 1920s by a proto-Rastafarianpreacher, Fitz Balintine Pettersburg.The text is primarily of historical significance.Along with ,the Royal Parchment Scroll is todayrecognized as one of the root documents of Rastafarian thought.It is a rambling, surrealistic stream-of-consciousness polemic against theWhite colonial power structure, a 'found' palimpsest of Afrocentric thought,brimming with rage and energy.
It is very difficult to obtain copies of this text today. The Royal Parchment Scroll was used in the 1930s as the basis for by Leonard Percival ...


G.G. Maragh (The Rt. Hon. Leonard Percival Howell), The Promised Key

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Author:   G.G. Maragh (The Rt. Hon. Leonard Percival Howell)
Headline:   The Promised Key
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The Promised Key by G.G. Maragh
(The Rt. Hon. Leonard Percival Howell) This is a proto-Rastafarian tract by Leonard Howell, a Jamaican preacher.Published around 1935, this is obviously an edited, much shorter, version of ,without the stream-of-consciousness language, long opaque abbreviations,and repetition.Most significantly, the identities of'King Alpha and Queen Omega' were transposedfrom Fitz Balintine Pettersburg and his wife as in the Royal Parchment Scroll ,to Emperor Haile Selassie and Empress Menen Astaw.This was one of the key innovations of the Howellites,and is today an article of faith of Rastafarianism.
In 1933, Howell started to preach that the Emperor Haile Selassie of ...


George McCall Theal, Xhosa Folk-Lore, 1886

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Author:   George McCall Theal
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Kaffir (Xhosa) Folk-Lore: by George McCall Theal [1886]
This is a collection of folk tales from the South African Xhosa people,the tribe to which Nelson Mandela belongs.Please note that the original title of the book uses anappellation for the Xhosa, Kaffir, which today is considered disrespectful.That said, this is a scholarly collection of Xhosa tales; it is aprimary source on the subject. As such, this book is part of the cultural heritage of South Africa andis both entertaining and informative.


Henry Callaway, The Religious System of the Amazulu

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Author:   Henry Callaway
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Part I: (OR, THE TRADITION OF CREATION AS EXISTING AMONG THE AMAZULU AND OTHER TRIBES OF SOUTH AFRICA.)
Part II: (OR, ANCESTOR WORSHIP.)
Part III: (OR, DIVINERS.)
Part IV: (OR, MEDICAL MAGIC, AND WITCHCRAFT.)


JAMES A. HONEŸ, M.D., South-African Folk-Tales, 1910

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Author:   JAMES A. HONEŸ, M.D.
Headline:   South-African Folk-Tales, , 1910
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SOUTH-AFRICAN FOLK-TALES BY JAMES A. HONEŸ, M.D. [1910]
This is a collection of South African folklore collected during the 19th century. It includes many great animal tales with classic African wisdom.


James Macdonald, Religion and Myth, 1883

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Author:   James Macdonald
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Religion and Myth by James Macdonald [1883] This pioneering Victorian study of comparative African religious beliefs,draws on ethnographies, folklore studies, historical and traveler's accounts.Macdonald examines in detail taboos, magic, divination, prophecy,sacrifice, sorcery, sexual practices, and the status of women.He also ties in data from Celtic, Ancient Near East, Pacific and other cultures.Particularly, he includes comparative points from his native land, Scotland.Macdonald demonstrates that there are broad similarities between Africanbelief systems and those of other pre-industrial peoples.
In his final chapter he critiques European attempts to 'civilize' Africans,by selling ...



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