Category Archives: Africa-General

The Magicality of Cuisine 2: A Recipe for a complicated Love Filtre for Men. 19th Century Gabon

Continuing our survey of pre-modern dishes with examples from the Gabon area of West Africa, I want to give a recipe for a love filtre for men as detailed by Dr. Robert Nassau, who served as missionary, doctor and ethnologist throughout … Continue reading

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The Magicality of Cuisine 1: Meat Cooked in Plantain Leaves as a Love Philtre, 19th Century Gabon, West Africa

Pre-modern cuisine in many parts of the world can be more fully understood not simply as a technical  ‘recipe’ to be constructed - but also in relation to the context in which it is situated.  Hence, there may be social, sexual, political, religious … Continue reading

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Botanical – Brews

Originally posted on voynichimagery:
Exemplary type: f. 13r. Musaceae root-mnemonic ‘Brews’ f13r VG enlargement Having concluded that the group of plants shown on f.13r came from the Musaceae  -  and thus agreeing (as I learned months later) with Edith Sherwood,…

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What the well-dressed fieldworker is wearing this summer (i)

Matthew Timothy Bradley is posting a series of blog on field-garb, which is both very useful for those in or going to the field and is also very amusing.  Some good analysis from, of course, a field anthropologist.  Here are a … Continue reading

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Power, partnership and participation: Nile Basin Development Challenge in summary

Originally posted on ILRI Clippings:
Farmers getting trained on forage management at Kolugelan, Jeldu (Photo credit: ILRI / Aberra Adie) The Nile Basin Development Challenge (NBDC) was one of six challenges comprising the CGIAR Challenge Program on Water and Food…

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The Rarely Seen Birds of Egypt, by Ahmed Waheed

See on Scoop.it – Africa and Beyond Ahmed Waheed started bird-watching when he was seven years old. He would travel with his father, who was the manager of the Zaranik Protectorate in North Sinai. The protectorate covers 250 square kilometers, and … Continue reading

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Renoir, French Colonialism, and Surrealist Paris in Black and White (1927)

  A short film directed by Renoir in the late twenties, right after he had discovered jazz, Sur un air de Charleston is a little masterpiece, albeit unknown, of the silent movie period.   In 2028 Paris, a mysterious African explorer lands … Continue reading

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