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And within the Ivory Coast I moved mostly between expatriates, white and black. I observed the connrry via them and during their assorted adventure. this sort of expatriates was once Terry Shroeder, the general public affairs officer of the yank embassy . He used to be in his past due forties and a b�chelor, a slim, good-looking guy with the type of depression that pulls and resists ladies. He used to be going to retire early from the international provider. The Ivory Coast used to be his final posting yet one, and he was once on the very finish of his time there. It was once Terry who had given me the word approximately The Crocodiles of Yamoussoukro ninety one "a bit of espresso and a bit of cocoa. " He favorite the commercial achievements of the Ivory Coast. yet he additionally had a sense for its African part. It used to be Terry who at our ftrst assembly informed me that there has been within the Ivory Coast a recognized and intensely previous African sage who was once the president's religious counselor. The sage used to be open to different session in addition, and Terry may have loved me to work out him. however the sage used to be regrettably "hospi­ talized," and remained so in the course of my time within the Ivory Coast. The identify of the sage was once Arnadou Hampate Ba. He have been in his time an envoy, and a member of a massive UNESCO physique; yet his popularity within the Ivory Coast was once spiritu­ al, and rested on his mastery of arithrnology and different eso­ teric reviews. Terry knew him good sufficient to go to him in medical institution, and he regularly mentioned him as Mr. Hampate Ba ("Hampate" no longer far flung in sound from "Humpty") . Hampate Ba was once a Muslim from Mali, to the north; yet he had a wide position in his middle for African faith. " Islam is my father, yet Africa is my mother"-this, based on Terry, was once considered one of Hampate Ba's famous sayings. one other asserting was once: "Whenever an previous guy dies in Africa, a library has burned down. " At our first assembly Terry additionally informed me approximately an individual who was once doing examine one of the village witch medical professionals or drugs males. a few of these males did own wisdom of a kind. they can deal in an African means with African neu­ roses; in addition they knew approximately herbs and poisons. They have been secretive concerning the poisons. Their wisdom of toxins made them feared and used to be one of many assets in their energy. This speak of poison made me think about the Caribbean islands at the different facet of the sea. In the previous days, on F I N D I -N G ninety two THE heart the slave plantations there, continually replenished with "new negroes" (as they have been known as) from locations just like the Ivory Coast, poison were one of many particular terrors of slaves and slave vendors. a few poisoner used to be consistently approximately; within the slave underground or underworld, the hidden Africa of the plantations, an individual may possibly frequently be came upon with a inventory of poison; and a vengeful slave may perhaps do bad issues. In Trinidad in 1 794 100 negroes have been poisoned at the Coblenz property in Port of Spain, and the property needed to be aban­ doned. In 1 eighty 1 , whilst the property was once' got by means of the emigre Baron de Montalernbert, a poisoner went to paintings back, and within the first month of his proprietorship the baron misplaced 1 20 of the 1 forty "seasoned" negroes he had installed.

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