The Language-Families of Africa

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To placate the supernatural powers which demanded the firstborn of men as an offering or otherwise visited them with disasters, the Chagga did inhuman things. The chief permitted the whole age class to cohabit with a barren woman that she might take upon herself the "mo," that is, all the bad effects which might cling to them from the circumcision and the later residence in a [very filthy] camp, which otherwise might spoil the first impregnation. This frightful practice was called "ikumba sombo," and it is said that the poor creature usually perished (345).

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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 May 27, 2022, http://www.originalsources.com/Document.aspx?DocID=URTYAMYHK4ZSP8Q.

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. 27 May. 2022. http://www.originalsources.com/Document.aspx?DocID=URTYAMYHK4ZSP8Q.

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 27 May 2022, from http://www.originalsources.com/Document.aspx?DocID=URTYAMYHK4ZSP8Q.