Proceedings of the Davenport Academy of Natural Sciences Volume 12-13

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Sinopsis: This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1907 Excerpt: ...is winner." Bentley, describing the same game at Yakusn, in his Pioneering on the Congo, says: "They gamble for brass rods and food; the next meal, or a number of plantains are a common stake... A boy often carries his teetotum, its foot passing through the hole in his ear." 6. Top. In the upper Kasai district, Baluba and other boys use seeds called bhiga as tops. These need no preparation or alteration. They are about an inch long, pointed at one end and of convenient form and size to be twirled with the fingers. At Ikoko, Ntumba boys use a large and rather heavy seed; it is not too large to be taken between the fingers, but it has no natural spinning point. This is supplied by pinching on and shaping a tip of black gum which when hard and dry answers admirably. A shallow basin is excavated in the ground and covered over with a piece (or pieces) of plantain leaf. The tops are spun upon this prepared surface. The attempt in spinning a top is to knock an opponent's top from the field. Should both tops go off no one wins, nor if both stay on; the top knocked out belongs to the player who knocked it out. 7. String top. At some place near Basoko, we found boys play proc. D. A. S.. Vol. XII 17 March 22, 1909. ing with clumsy tops of heavy wood, crudely cut with a knife from a block; they were wrapped with coarse cord and thrown. 8. Popgun. A simple popgun, consisting of a cylinder and a rammer, is common among Lokele boys at Yakusu. A wad is forced in with the rammer nearly to the end; a second one then rammed after it compresses the air and drives out the earlier plugging with a pop. The name bobali is applied to this toy. 9. Ball. Ntumba girls use a round gourd-like fruit as a ball. It is called boiyike. They beat it back and forth, from one pal...

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