Dr. Price studies thirty tribes ranging from Northern Africa to the Southern tip of Kenya.
Dr. Price entered Africa traveling the Red Sea to the Indian Ocean studying the costal tribes then entered Kenya and Uganda and made his way to Egypt studying the interior tribes.
Healthy Living Along Side Pestilence
Along his 6,000 mile journey Dr. Price noted the environment of disease. Dysentery, jiggers, malaria carrying mosquitoes, ticks, lice and the tsetse fly gave cause for great precautions to be carried out.
Dr. Price mused, “One wonders at the apparent health of the natives until he learns of the unique immunity they have developed and which is largely transmitted to the offspring. In several districts we were told that practically every living native had had typhus fever and was immune, though the lice from their bodies could transmit the disease.
One also wonders why people with such resistance to disease are not able to combat the degenerative diseases of modern civilization. When they adopt modern civilization they then become susceptible to several of our modern degenerative processes, including tooth decay.”
A doctor in charge of a Kenyan hospital told Dr. Price the primitive people never had problems with gall bladders, cystitis, duodenal ulcers or malignant tumors. And to the joy of Dr. Price, he found many tribes with all members having perfect dental arches and no tooth decay.
Highly Skilled And Intelligent People
The Masai tribe impressed Dr. Price with their “accumulated” wisdom. He found it interesting this tribe knew mosquitoes carried malaria for over two hundred years and exposing sick natives with syphilis to malaria to prevent serious injuries resulting from the infection was practiced as well. A procedure modern medicine claimed to have discovered.
Their veterinary knowledge also astounded Dr. Price, he noted how they cared for a cow that was not eating properly by surgically removing a thorn from her mouth and then rubbing ashes from a plant on the wound as an antiseptic.
Their main source of food is milk, blood, plants and vegetables with occasional meat. The process for letting blood was done in the finest, humane manner. The people were concerned with quality and not quantity when it came to their food and animals.
They show no fear in defending their livestock from lions and show utter resolve in chasing them down with only a spear as protection. They have a dominant physique and control the other lesser tribes surrounding the area.
The Kikuyus are an agricultural tribe that eats sweet potatoes, banana, millet, beans and corn. The women go on a ritual diet six months before marriage as well as in the gestation and lactation periods of pregnancy and motherhood.
The tribes that feed on dairy are the strongest and tallest and are unanimously the winners of the tug-o-war athletic games held among the various tribes of the region.
Modern Versus Primitive Civilization
Major Browne a high official of the British Government wrote a book about the decimation of the native peoples of Africa called, The Vanishing Tribes of Kenya. He makes his point that civilization is not always a good thing when he states, “It must also be remembered that the “blessings of civilization” are not in practice by any means as obvious as some simple-minded folk would like to believe. “
Major Browne noted the tribal community was one of unity and high morality with every need supplied making a truly happy people.
Living the primitive natural way works full circle. Knowledge is gleaned by living in and by your surroundings; cause and effect relationship teaches life sustaining skills that result in health, strength and community.
Primitive wisdom is the wisdom modern culture needs in order to answer the problems presented by our way of life.
Browne, G. The Vanishing Tribes of Kenya. London, Seeley Service, 1925.
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