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Woman's Mysteries of a Primitive People

The Ibibios of Southern Nigeria

by D. Amaury Talbot


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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 the ethnographic literature of the period.

Title Page
List of Plates
Chapter 1: Introductory
Chapter 2: Prenatal Influences And Birth Customs
Chapter 3: Birth Customs (continued)
Chapter 4: Affinities Or Bush Souls
Chapter 5: Childhood
Chapter 6: Maidenhood To Marriage
Chapter 7: Wedded Life And Motherhood
Chapter 8: Domestic Life
Chapter 9: Marriage Problems
Chapter 10: Love Philtres And Magic
Chapter 11: Witchcraft
Chapter 12: Jujus
Chapter 13: Woman And Secret Societies
Chapter 14: Woman In War Time
Chapter 15: Widowhood And Burial Customs
Chapter 16: Widowhood And Burial Customs (continued)