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Comparative Native Terminology of Poro Groups - Download PDF

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Carey, N. (2013). Comparative Native Terminology of Poro Groups. Secrecy: Journal of Poro Studies, 1(1), 1-21. PDF Download.


Research utilizing six criteria for defining the Poro and related secret societies among the ethnic groups along the Guinea Coast of West Africa resulted in the identification of twenty-eight distinct ethnic groups from six different language groups that have or once had similar secret societies to varying degrees, ranging from orthodox “deep Poro” to mere residual ritual practices. Six categories of native terminology from each group were tabulated if known: names for the secret society; generic names for a Bush Spirit or mask; the supreme Bush Spirit or mask; names for a ritual specialist; names for the Sacred Grove (Sacred Bush); and name of the secret language. 

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