Item 340 - Copy letter from Alice Werner to J. G. Frazer

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Copy letter from Alice Werner to J. G. Frazer


  • c 1947-c 1955 (Creation)

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3 Ashburnham Road, Tonbridge. Dated Sept. 25th, 1899 - Has been reading his 'Golden Bough' which she regrets not reading before going to Africa; describes an ornament worn by an old Manganje woman in the West Shire district, B.C.A.; describes long grass knotted together and the different explanations for it, including H. A. Junod's, and her speculation on the real reason, to keep the sun from going down before travellers reach home, and the stories told the white people because they wouldn't understand the other; cites a story by Miss H. G. [Harriette Emily?] Colenso of a Zulu suffering from ceremonial uncleanness after not making an incision in the corpse of the man he killed; questions Herr Speckmann's book referring to the 'idholzi' (not 'iholzi').

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Typescript corrected and lacunae filled in, in R. A. Downie's hand. Ornament of the Manganje woman drawn in typescript.

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