The Language-Families of Africa

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My child, bear children as I did, uninjured and with no bad signs on them. May your blood be thick like mine. And may the fruit of your body be of my form and type, the type which I inherited from my mother and she from my grandmother. May the fruit of your body be not like the type of others even if you unconsciously after pregnancy should derive from them some qualities of a bad kind. May the child nevertheless be of my type (116).

During her stay with the mother-in-law the girl is also under observation for any peculiarities or traits which would indicate that she is not a suitable person to carry on the line of life. If the girl wishes to escape the marriage, she will, for example, wet the mother-in-law while sleeping beside her, gnash her teeth during sleep, or smear her face with ashes in a distracted way. The engagement will then be broken and the girl returned to her parents.

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Chicago: "The Language-Families of Africa," The Language-Families of Africa in Primitive Behavior: An Introduction to the Social Sciences, ed. Thomas, William I. (New York: McGraw-Hill Book Company, Inc., 1937), Original Sources, accessed December 3, 2022, http://www.originalsources.com/Document.aspx?DocID=4KNY9P2IUWPY2C7.

MLA: . "The Language-Families of Africa." The Language-Families of Africa, in Primitive Behavior: An Introduction to the Social Sciences, edited by Thomas, William I., New York, McGraw-Hill Book Company, Inc., 1937, Original Sources. 3 Dec. 2022. http://www.originalsources.com/Document.aspx?DocID=4KNY9P2IUWPY2C7.

Harvard: , 'The Language-Families of Africa' in The Language-Families of Africa. cited in 1937, Primitive Behavior: An Introduction to the Social Sciences, ed. , McGraw-Hill Book Company, Inc., New York. Original Sources, retrieved 3 December 2022, from http://www.originalsources.com/Document.aspx?DocID=4KNY9P2IUWPY2C7.