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'Yams in West Africa'
Captain S. R. RATTRAY
Harvesting in West Africa is perhaps more interesting from the religious standpoint-using ' religious ' in a wide sense-than from the agricultural. In this talk about yams the former aspect will be stressed, while the latter will be afforded only a passing notice.
An early historian of West African customs-one Edward Bowdick-who lived in the beginning of the nineteenth century-once wrote las follows: 'The yam custom is like tfe Saturnalia ... the grossest liberty prevails '.
; The yam harvest festival was, in fact, a thanksgiving to that Earth Goddess, from whom all first fruits were supposed to come, and an occasion when the West African man and woman could work off dangerous repressions.
S. R. Rattray , who is to give this interesting talk, has spent a number of years in West Africa, and is one of the best-known authorities on the native peoples. Among the works he has written may be mentioned ' Ashanti Law ', ' Ashanti Proverbs '. ' Religion and Art in Ashanti ', and ' Hausa Folk Lore'.


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