Hausa Superstitions and Customs: An Introduction to the Folk-Lore and the Folk. Arthur John Newman Tremearne, African Popular Religion, Magic.

Hausa Superstitions and Customs: An Introduction to the Folk-Lore and the Folk.

London: John Bale, Sons & Danielsson, 1913. First Edition. Hardcover. Large thick octavo. xvi + 548pp (+ vi publisher's adverts). Original brown cloth with blind-stamped illustration and titling to upper board, gilt titling to spine. 41 illustrations (b&w photographic and line drawings) on 17 unnumbered leaves of plates, over 200 figures in text. Fold-out map at rear. Index. Publisher's slip tipped in after front free endpaper. Anthropologist Arthur John Newman Tremearne (1877-1915) spent much of his career studying the people of Africa and produced several massive studies of their folk-lore, popular religion and magic. This volume is devoted to the folk-lore of the Hausa, the largest ethnic group in West and Central Africa. It is divided into two main sections: Part 1: Folk-lore and Folk-Law, gives an overview of Hausa customs, superstitions, rituals, etc., particularly as reflected in their folk-tales, Part II, Hausa Tales, Parables, and Variants, gives translations of 100 Hausa folk-tales etc. A third short section comprises Notes "On the Tales", "On Tribal Marks" (with illustrations of body art/markings) and "On Bori." Cloth lightly rubbed with a few light handling marks, titling to spine dulled, corners bruised, slight bump to top corner of first 50 pages. Page edges slightly darkened and flecked, pages toned and a bit thumbed. Despite some light wear from use, internally clean & text unmarked. Overall a clean and serviceable VG or better copy (no dust jacket). Item #69818

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