Publication: 1915. Beatty, K.J. and Preface by Sir William Brandford Griffith. Human Leopards. An Account of the Trials of Human Leopards Before the Special Commission Court; With a Note on Sierra Leone, Past and Present. Original language:
Bundu Devils, Sierra LeoneText:
“The Bundu Society, a women’s society which corresponds with the Poro for men, plays a very important part in native life among the Mendes and Temnes. Bundu girls have to undergo during their novitiate period an operation somewhat similar to that performed on the Poro boys, and their backs and loins are cut in such a manner as to leave raised scars which project above the surface of the skin. They also receive their Bundu names by which they are afterwards known. Their release from the Bundu bush is carried out with great ceremony, and they are usually accompanied by persons wearing hideous masks who personate Bundu devils. A procession is formed, which marches thruogh the town or village accompanied by musicians, who play on a collection of instruments consisting of drums, rattles and timbrels. A halt is made in the centre of the town and the girls are publicly pronounced marriageable.” (p. 111)Illustrator:
Alphonso Sylvester Lisk-Carew, Creole photographer born in Freetown, Sierra Leone in 1887 (as per "Bundu publication" mentioned in 11/2/12 comment.