Original moss-green cloth binding with title and author in gilt lettering on the spine - xv, 288 pp. + 21 plates with photos and images + various drawings and diagrams in the text. Printed on wood-free high-quality paper - 23 × 15 cm.
Condition: Ex Western Theological Seminary, USA with 3 features of this: label at the bottom of the spine, barcode sticker on endpaper, stamp on title page.
Otherwise very clean and odourless.
‘Richard Edward Dennett was an English trader operating out of the Kongo (present day Republic of Congo) in the early 20th century who wrote a number of books that were influential on sociological and anthropological research on the cultures of West Africa.’
From the Preface:
‘...there is in Africa a religion giving us a much higher conception of God than is generally acknowledged by writers on African modes of thought (...) the vital importance of the kingly office to the African communities.’
Luango and the Bavili, Election of a king in the Kongo, Coronation, Courts of Maluango and Mamboma, Law, Measures, signs and symbols, Bavili psychology, Ndongoism, Nkici-ism, Bavili philosophy, Bibila, the philosophy of the groves, Sacred lands and rivers, Sacred trees, The omens, Sacred animals, Nzambi (God), The Bini, Benin districts, Bini customs, More customs, Traces of Nkici-ism among the Bini, The philosophy at the back of the black man's mind in table form, Conclusion, Appendix, Index.
An extraordinary book.
- Number of Books
- Colonial history, Illustrated, Religion, Sociology, Travels
- Author/ Illustrator
- R.E. Dennett
- Book Title
- At the Back of the Black Man's Mind, or Notes on the Kingly Office in West Africa ; with 21 plates
- Publication year oldest item
- 1st Edition
- Original language
- London, NY, Macmillan