Publication: 1901. Alldridge, Thomas J. The Sherbro and Its Hinterland. Original language:
The Bundu Devil, Upper MendiText:
"Her distinctive costume is unvarying, all Bundu devils being similarly attired, except as regards their head-piece, which admits some slight variation. No part of the body may be visible, consequently the cloth casings of the arms and legs are sewn up at the extremities, and in each covered hand the devil carries a little bunch of twigs with which she goes through a sort of dumb show - as she never does any talking. Her dress is of long shaggy fibre, dyed black, and over her head she wears a grotesque wooden mask. Occasionally she indulges in dance, but, owing to the great heat produced by dancing in so heavy a dress, a little goes a long way, and after a few moments she retires to some quiet part of town, where her attendant, who is always present with a large country mat, unrolls it and encircles the devil, who is then able to remove her mask and obtain a little fresh air away from the gaze of the madding crowd. I have had the honour of shaking the covered hand of a good many of these devils, whose fetish power is very great." (p. 141)
[RAAI editor's note: Description of society rituals continues for two more pages.]Illustrator:
Manuel Raymond Menendez (?), See 1/1/2011 comment.