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Least said, soonest Mende

John Ryle, 4 December 1986

Radiance from the Waters: Ideals of Feminine Beauty in Mende Art 
by Sylvia ArdynBoone.
Yale, 281 pp., £30, August 1986, 0 300 03576 4
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... West African coastal region? Or is it that the Mende are a dull people whom no one wants to study? Sylvia ArdynBoone doesn’t consider any of these questions. Her own explanation for the dearth of Mende ethnography is the secretiveness of the people themselves, and their intense hostility to researchers, a hostility ...

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