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Róheim, G. (1949). Tribes of the Liberian Hinterland: By George Schwab. Edited with additional material by George W. Harley. Papers of the Peabody Museum of American Archeology and Ethnology, Harvard University. Cambridge, Mass.: Published by the Museum, 1947. 526 pp.. Psychoanal Q., 18:522.

(1949). Psychoanalytic Quarterly, 18:522

Tribes of the Liberian Hinterland: By George Schwab. Edited with additional material by George W. Harley. Papers of the Peabody Museum of American Archeology and Ethnology, Harvard University. Cambridge, Mass.: Published by the Museum, 1947. 526 pp.

Review by:
Géza Róheim

The author gives an excellent ethnographical description of the tribes of the Liberian hinterland without benefit of psychoanalysis. However, we get some interesting observations. 'Every crisis in life—unless it is death from old age—has its sexual implications. Failure in important undertakings is frequently attributed to broken sex taboos.' The concept of sin is known, but it applies only to those who have been initiated. An uninitiated boy is innocent and therefore married women can have intercourse with him (p. 183). One of the forms of intercourse for a young boy is with his father's 'child-wives', who will become his wives some day (p. 184). As of many other African tribes, one is not sure whether the concepts of sin are imported or autochthonous (p. 319).

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