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West African secret societies

their organisations, officials and teaching

by Frederick William Butt-Thompson

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Published by H.F. & G. Witherby in London .
Written in English


Edition Notes

Bibliography: 285-294.

Statementby Captain F. W. Butt-Thompson, illustrated from photographs and sketches by the author
Classifications
LC ClassificationsHS317 .B8
The Physical Object
Pagination320 p.
Number of Pages320
ID Numbers
Open LibraryOL24613848M
LC Control Number29017078
OCLC/WorldCa4637188

The stories usually end with an instructive moral linked to Bundu laws given to the living by ancestresses of the secret society. Post-initiation education[ edit ] Sande society initiates, Sierra Leone. Forbes named him the richest man of all time. However, in spite of these other dangerous societies, it can not be disputed that the secret leopard societies of West Africa were the most notorious of any clan. The Desteni mode of operation is apparently drawn from the New Age ideology and has also been criticized and accused of possible economic fraud and taking advantage of its members.

In contrast, another source suggests that "the emphasis is not on learning new skills so much as on learning new attitudes toward their work. Calabar chiefs, hearing recordings of contemporary Cuban music, recognize the music as strongly influenced by Cross River Ekpe aesthetics. Evolution and Human Behavior [22] Ember, C. Berkeley: University of California Press. The book itself charts Miller's original research in Cuba and its verification by more recent research in the Cross River.

American Anthropologist [7] Bosire, O. Through history there have been many secret societies and conspiracy theories about those societies. The official website of the order, however, traces the clubs origins all the way back to Instead, the group often formed renegade armies and bands of bushwhackers in order to forward their agenda by force. Share this:. For example, he cites the Cuban popular use of claves, wooden sticks and the rhythms they produce, as being among Cuba's enduring contributions to world music.


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West African secret societies book

The Order of the Sons of St. Primitive Secret Societies. Desteni Destonians as popularly called, is a group of people who have pledged their lives to the sole purpose and good of the Desteni society.

The emergence of this group can also be linked to the Boer War in South Africa. Axum controlled the horn of Africa to across the Red Sea into the Arabian plateau. The widespread belief in magic and the public fight against witchcraft is one major reason that secret societies are so influential. You must drink semen The dancing devil is evil.

There are many rituals he performs to help the girl who requested his services. The insights that he provided inspired generations of scholars to study in greater depth the evidence of deep-seated belief systems and elements of culture that were brought from Africa to the New World through the infamous slave trade.

The modern mason lodges contain symbols from his inventions and designs; symbols which meanings are taught only to the initiated members of the society. Illustration depicting a Molly Maguire firing a pistol. Initiation and transformation[ edit ] Sequestration and female circumcision[ edit ] Adolescent girls are initiated as a group during the post-harvest dry season in a specially cleared area of forest surrounding the town or village.

Sande Cult Sande cult is the female version of the Poro secret society. Post-initiation education[ edit ] Sande society initiates, Sierra Leone. Liberians practice this tradition because it is meant to help the grooming of more respected citizens. The Nature of Paleolithic Art. It is believed to have been transported to Cuba by Africans in the diaspora.

They now use sheer terror. This golden vision got corrupted with the fall out with Bolaji Carew and other expelled members who became the National Association of the Sea Lords Buccaneers. In the past, the girls are said to have remained in the forest for upwards of one year, during which time they made rice farms for the Sande leadership.

The society is surrounded by conspiracy theories; the most popular of which is probably the idea that the CIA was built on members from the group. Miller suggests that one precedent for the inclusive and multiethnic grouping that occurred in Cuba may have been the West African system of the Canoe house that combined the role of trading unit with government institution.

The significance of palm leaves in Igbo land was really stressed by this group to show the sacredness of an occasion. The evolutionary anthropology of war. Because their number was small, the group used guerilla tactics in their battle against their enemies, including espionage, sabotage, and, most famously, political assassination.

An initiated man is accorded all sorts of respect because he seems to have graduated into the super-mortals club and wields a lot of authority. Number of trafficked women on the rise In German police registered 68 women who were the victims of Nigerian human traffickers -- a significant rise on the previous year.

The Sande leaders also wear masks like their male counterparts. The neck was torn to ribbons by the teeth and claws of the animal, the intestines were torn out, the pelvis shattered, and one thigh was missing.

According to Carol MacCormack: "Shortly after entering the Bundu bush, girls experience the surgery distinctive of a Bundu woman in which the clitoris and part of the labia are excised.

To either side of the girls stand masked women wearing "devil masks", who are in charge of the initiation. Miller dedicates a complete chapter to the importance of music in all facets of Abakua practice. She communicates with the Kasella Devil using a mirror.Mar 07,  · Eight Secret Societies You Might Not Know secret societies were banned from Ireland as they were said to have acted in “antagonism to Ed.

African secret societies Subcategories.

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This category has only the following subcategory. C Confraternities in Nigeria‎ (4 P) Pages in category "African secret societies" The following 12 pages are in this category, out of 12 total.

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Leopard Society

A. Abakuá. “The very word "secrecy" is repugnant in a free and open society; and we are as a people inherently and historically opposed to secret societies, to secret oaths and to secret proceedings Our way of.

communities. The subtitle, African Secret Soci‐ eties and Cuba, is something of a misnomer, since the text deals with only one West African secret society.

The book itself charts Miller’s original re‐ search in Cuba and its verification by more recent research in the Cross River. Miller went to Havana to study Yoruba influ‐ ences in Cuba. Thus the secret societies form among primitive peoples as among civilized men a means of holding the group together, a means of entertainment and instruction.

The volume by Captain Butt-Thompson tells of the societies of West Africa, their organization and customs, and illustrates freely the details of what American lodge members call "the work.". West Africa’s great ethnic and cultural diversity makes it hazardous to Throughout the region secret societies instilled in men and women ethical standards of personal behavior.

The most important secret soci- but in many respects slavery in West African societies functioned as a means of assimilation.