Basden, George Thomas, 1873-1944. Among the Ibos of Nigeria: an account of the curious and interesting habits, customs and beliefs of a little known African people by one who has for many years lived amongst them on close and intimate terms

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Title: Among the Ibos of Nigeria: an account of the curious and interesting habits, customs and beliefs of a little known African people by one who has for many years lived amongst them on close and intimate terms

Published By: London: Cass, 1966. 321 p.: ill.

By line: George T. Basden

HRAF Publication Information: New Haven, Conn.: HRAF, 2003. Computer File

Culture: Igbo (FF26)

Subjects: Gender status (562); Burial practices and funerals (764); Mourning (765); Vegetable production (244); Arboriculture (245); Prayers and sacrifices (782); Slavery (567); Instigation of war (721); Warfare (726); Inter-community relations (628); Magicians and diviners (791); Judicial authority (692); Missions (797); Status, role, and prestige (554);

Abstract: This is a record of the author's observations and experiences among the Igbo people during his initial visit to Nigeria in the period of 1900-1920. Although Basden was a keen observer of native customs, especially in regard to material culture, the extent of his actual observations of such things as warfare, human sacrifices, and cannibalism is not clear. It seems likely that much of these data came from native informants. The book touches on all aspects of Igbo ethnography, but is especially detailed on gender status, slavery, funeral rites, yam and palm cultivation, arts and crafts, warfare, religion (including human sacrifice), status achievement, the oracles, and the effects of missionization (last two chapters). (For a more detailed listing of contents, see Category 128, pp. 13-14.) As a whole, the book provides a good general background for more intensive studies on the Igbo.

Document Number: 6

Document ID: ff26-006

Document Type: Monograph

Language: English

Note: Includes bibliographical references (p. 307-312) and index

Field Date: 1900-1920

Evaluation: Missionary, Ethnologist-5

Analyst: John Beierle ; 1980

Coverage Date: 1900-1920

Coverage Place: Nigeria

LCSH: Igbo (African people)

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