Mungo Park discovers Mumbo Jumbo in 18th Century West Africa

Bambara of the upper Senegal, West Africa

Recorded by Mungo Park while in Mandingo country (Sengambia region) c. 1798:

On the 7th I departed from Konjour, and slept at a village called Malla (or Mallaing), and on the 8th about noon I arrived at Kolor, a considerable town, near the entrance into which I observed, hanging upon a tree, a sort of masquerade habit, made of the bark of trees, which I was told, on inquiry, belonged to Mumbo Jumbo …This is a strange bugbear, common to all the Mandingo towns, and much employed by the pagan natives in keeping their women in subjection…

I was inspired to put up this entry, by the entries on Karen Resta’s wonderful blog about mumbo jumbo /mombo jumbo.

Blog continued here: Mungo Park discovers Mumbo Jumbo in 18th Century West Africa.

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With a group of BaTwa (pygmy) women potters, with whom we've worked to enhance production and sales of their wonderful pots - fantastic for cooking and serving. To see the 2 blogs on this work enter 'batwa pots' into the search engine located just above this picture. Blog entries throughout this site are about Africa, as well as about the Middle East and life in general - reflecting over 35 years of work and research in Africa and the Middle East – Come and join me!
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