Travels Of Richard And John Lander Travels in West Africa (Congo Francais, Corisco and Cameroons) by Mary H. Kingsley




















 -   Add to this costume a sober-coloured silk
parasol, not one of your green or red young tent-like, brutally - Page 210
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Add To This Costume A Sober-Coloured Silk Parasol, Not One Of Your Green Or Red Young Tent-Like, Brutally Masculine, Knobby-Sticked Umbrellas, But A Fair, Lady-Like Parasol, Which, Being Carefully Rolled Up, Is Carried Handle Foremost Right In The Middle Of The Head, Also For Dandy.

Then a few strings of turquoise-blue beads, or imitation gold ones, worn round the shapely throat; and I

Will back my Igalwa or M'pongwe belle against any of those South Sea Island young ladies we nowadays hear so much about, thanks to Mr. Stevenson, yea, even though these may be wreathed with fragrant flowers, and the African lady very rarely goes in for flowers. The only time I have seen the African ladies wearing them for ornament has been among these Igalwas, who now and again stud their night-black hair with pretty little round vividly red blossoms in a most fetching way. I wonder the Africans do not wear flowers more frequently, for they are devoted to scent, both men and women.

The Igalwas are a proud race, one of the noble tribes, like the M'pongwe and the Ajumba. The women do not intermarry with lower- class tribes, and in their own tribe they are much restricted, owing to all relations on the mother's side being forbidden to intermarry. This well-known form of accounting relationships only through the mother (Mutterrecht) is in a more perfected and elaborated form among the Igalwa than among any other tribe I am personally acquainted with; brothers and cousins on the mother's side being in one class of relationship.

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