Zwischen Weissem Nil und Belgisch-Kongo

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PROBABLY in no part of the world can pictur esque dress and fashion without clothing be studied to better advantage than on the Upper Nile. Except perhaps in the Pacific Islands, no people addicted to unabashed nudity are such slaves to fashion as the Shilluks, Dinkas, Nuers, and other Nilotic races. The tall Dinka, though possessing not a stitch of clothing, is a proud and haughty individual, and woe betide the Shilluk or Nuer who omits to make room enough for him on the path way. Nothing would induce him to appear in public with a faulty garter below one knee or the wrong shaped spear; and farther south, where bead ornamentation is the order of the day, and beads current money, the traveller may find himself, as the writer has done, in serious difficulties as regards ready cash if, before entering the country, he has omitted to obtain correct information as to the precise sorts of beads to take with him. He may buy a choice selection in Houndsditch or in the Birmingham ‘trash’ markets—green, white, red, or yellow—but when he reaches, say, Northern Kairroudo, he will find that he can do no barter and his camp market soon dwindles. No one will part with chickens, goat, eggs, or flour. Why? Because the traveller has none of the particular blue beads which he notices are worn by all the men, women, and children of the district. His beautiful Brummagem works of art are valueless.

Zwischen Weissem Nil und Belgisch-Kongo.

Von Hugo Adolf Bernatzik. Mit Beiträgen von Prof. Dr. Otto Heche, Prof. Dr. Bernhard Struck und Dr. Hellmut Antonius. Pp. 139 + 140 Tafeln. (Wien: L. W. Seidel und Sohn, 1929.) 85s.

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