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Life in Southern Nigeria: the Magic, Beliefs and Customs of the Ibibio Tribe

Nature volume 114, pages 4344 (12 July 1924) | Download Citation



“ONLY by the good will of the black men will it ever be possible for more than the faintest idea of his complicated psychology to be grasped by the white; and could but the educated negro be brought to understand that he has infinitely more to gain than lose by recording every scrap of information concerning native customs and beliefs-omitting nothing and concealing nothing-such a book might be written as has never yet seen the light of day.” This expression of opinion sums up Mr. Amaury Talbot's whole attitude towards the African. His latest book, “Life in Southern Nigeria,” is written not only with knowledge and experience, but also in a spirit of sympathetic understanding. As a guide for future administrators the work is invaluable, combining as it does the results of scientific research with an appreciative knowledge of the beliefs and superstitions of an ancient people.

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