Metadata for RCSPC-Y30446F-024 (RCS Y30446F/24)

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Identifier: RCSPC-Y30446F-024
Creator: Alldridge, Thomas Joshua, 1847-1916
Title: The Bundu Devil attended by her satellites, a country institution common throughout Mendi Land
Description: 110 x 157 mm. Showing the Bundu Devil standing among a group of her acolytes, with palm thatch houses in the background. One of the group carries the large mat behind the cover of which the devil may remove her mask to obtain a little fresh air, hidden from the eyes of villagers. Several of the other acolytes, or 'digbas', hold the seghura which is played when the devil appears on festive occasions, but not when she is investigating a misdemeanour. After leaving the Bundu bush the girl if she likes can attain distinction in the higher degrees of Bunduism, of which there are three grades: Digbas, the lowest or first degree; Normeh, the Bundu devil or second degree; Soweh, the headwoman, third degree. '... If the girl wishes she can simply become a Digba; she then has the great privilege of holding the mat before the devil at any function. She must not assume too much familiarity; she must remain medicinally at a respectful distance, the mat being between her and the devil. All large towns in Mendi have devils on hand ready to take up the cudgels against the mere man who may violate the stringent Bundu laws and interfere with the Bundu girls ... The devil never talks, but gesticulates with the bunch of twigs; but whenever it is necessary to explain anything, it is a digba who does it. The considerable power of the devils allowed them, in conjunction with the chief of the village, to impose punishments and extract fines from miscreants.' (Alldridge, T.J. (1901), 'The Sherbo and its hinterland', London: Macmillan and Company, pp.142-3).
Date created from: 1890
Date created to: 1899
Coverage spatial: Sierra Leone (Africa)
Source: RCS Y30446F/24
Is part of: RCS Photograph Collection, Y30446F.
DCMIType: Image
Medium: image/jpeg
Extent: 87KB
Dimension X: 423
Dimension Y: 604
Dimension units: Pixels
Resolution: 72 dpi
Bit depth: 24 bit
Colour space: Adobe RGB 1998
Compression type: JPEG
Compression ratio: Quality 9
Camera body: Mamiya RB
Camera back: Leaf Valeo 11 Digital
Lighting: 1000w Bowens Flash Heads
Lens: Mamiya 50mm f/4.5 Wide Angle Lens
ISO: 25
Aperture: F/16
ShutterSpeed: 1/125
Digitised by: SM. Photography Department. Cambridge University Library.
Publisher: Royal Commonwealth Society Library. Cambridge University Library. University of Cambridge.
Rights: Copyright Cambridge University Library.
Date Digitised: 2003-12-18