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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