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Obeah and fetishism, 1899 - 1948

Reference Code: GBR/0115/RCS/RCMS 36/5/2

Scope and Contents

Notes and news clippings collected by Bell during his research into Obeah and folk religion, including the following reports, publications and photographs:

‘Copy of a letter written by Our Lord Jesus Christ’

Copy of the Leeward Islands Obeah Act, 1904

‘Folk-lore’, 26: 3 (1915)

Hinde, Hildegarde, ‘Magic among certain East African tribes’, taken from an unidentified number of ‘The Empire review’

Houblon, Grahame, ‘Two Indian ghost stories’, taken from an unidentified number of the ‘Occult review’

Kingsley, Mary, ‘African religion and law’, taken from an unidentified journal

‘The Monchy murder: the strangling and mutilation of a boy for purposes of Obeah… with an explanatory introduction’, (St. Lucia, n.d.)

‘Occult review’, 38: 5 (1923)

Photographs of fourteen men and women convicted under of the Leeward Islands Obeah Act of 1904

Report of Obeah cases tried in Montserrat from 1900, dated 1 Feb. 1905, with list of persons convicted from 1900 to 1903

Report on the working of the Obeah Act in St. Christopher and Nevis, dated 31 March 1905

Report on the working of the Obeah Act in the Virgin Islands, with a list of those convicted under it, dated 9 May 1905 (two copies)

Return of the number of persons brought before the Magistrate’s Courts in Antigua charged with practicing Obeah from 1900 to 1905, dated 1 Mar. 1911

Seton, R. Sydney, ‘Notes on the Igala tree’, article taken from an unidentified number of the ‘Journal of the African Society’

‘Some foreign influences in Nigeria’, article by unidentified author from unidentified journal

Talbot, Amaury, ‘Some Ibibio customs and beliefs’, taken from an unidentified number of the ‘Journal of the African Society’


  • 1899 - 1948

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1 file(s) (1 file) : paper

Language of Materials


Former / Other Reference




Date information

DateText: The dates are approximate..

Finding aid date

2010-06-29 14:22:35+00:00

Includes index.

Repository Details

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