Basden, George Thomas, 1873-1944. Niger Ibos: a description of the primitive life, customs and animistic beliefs, etc., of the Ibo people of Nigeria

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Chapter I The Heart Of The Ibo

Notes On Chapter I

Chapter Ii Sacrifices

Notes To Chapter Ii

Chapter Iii Oracles

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Chapter Iv Oracles (2)

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Chapter V “mbari” Houses

Chapter Vi Iboland

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Chapter Vii The Ibo People

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Chapter Viii Kings & Chiefs

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Chapter Ix Home Life

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Chapter X Social Etiquette

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Chapter Xi Birth Customs

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Chapter Xii Childhood

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Chapter Xiii Youth To Old Age — Boys & Men

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Chapter Xiv Youth To Old Age — Girls & Women

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Chapter Xv Marriage

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Chapter Xvi Polygamy & Divorce

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Chapter Xvii Oru & Osu—slaves Of Men & Gods

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Chapter Xviii Capital Crime


Death Of Notorious Evil-doers


Chapter Xix Land Tenure & Inheritance

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Chapter Xx Death & Burial

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Chapter Xxi Second Burial

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Chapter Xxii Primitive Life



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Chapter Xxiii Clay, Metal & Woodworkers

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Chapter Xxiv Women's Work

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Chapter Xxv Marketing

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Chapter Xxvi Recreations

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Chapter Xxvii Music

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Chapter Xxviii Day & Night Clubs

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Chapter Xxix Disturbers Of The Peace

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Chapter Xxx Yams 1

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Chapter Xxxi Oil & Wine

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Chapter Xxxii Some Similarities Between The Israelites & The Ibos

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Chapter Xxxiii Fireside Stories

Oliji And Her Three Suitors

The Tortoise And The Cricket

The Tortoise And The Beetle

Why The Tortoise Is In His Present Form

Why Every Person Has The Reflection Of Another Man In The Pupil Of His Eye

Why The Rabbit's Tail Is White

Why There Are Two Kinds Of Frogs

God And The Two Brothers

Why The Shell Of The Tortoise Has Divisions

Why Monkeys Are Good Jumpers

The Great Famine


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Title: Niger Ibos: a description of the primitive life, customs and animistic beliefs, etc., of the Ibo people of Nigeria

Published By: London: Cass, 1966. xxxii, 33-456 p., plates: ill., map

By line: George T. Basden ; new bibliographical note by John Ralph Willis

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

Culture: Igbo (FF26)

Subjects: Prayers and sacrifices (782); Judicial authority (692); Revelation and divination (787); Etiquette (576); Adolescence, adulthood, and old age (880); Marriage (580); Polygamy (595); Termination of marriage (586); Burial practices and funerals (764); Mourning (765); Woodworking (322); Smiths and their crafts (326); Slavery (567); Childbirth (844); Offenses against life (682); Division of labor by gender (462); Retail marketing (443); (52); Music (533); Sodalities (575); Vegetable production (244); Arboriculture (245); Literary texts (539);

Abstract: This source, written with some 15 more years of field experience, is extremely like the author's earlier work (Source 6: Basden in this file) in content and in subject coverage. The major difference seems to be that this volume gives a more comprehensive coverage of the religious beliefs and practices, with perhaps less emphasis on cannibalism than the previous work. The similarity in texts reflects the author's intention to document a way of life which was rapidly disappearing during his own tenure among the Igbo rather than to record his own experiences and observations as such.

Document Number: 7

Document ID: ff26-007

Document Type: Monograph

Language: English

Note: Includes bibliographical references (p. 439-445) The notes appearing at the ends of chapters have been indexed separately

Field Date: 1900-1935

Evaluation: Missionary, Ethnologist-5

Analyst: Jan Simpson ; 1980

Coverage Date: 1900-1937

Coverage Place: East Central State (mainly the northern and central parts of Igbo territory, but the whole of Igboland is covered), Nigeria

LCSH: Igbo (African people)


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