Blood of a bitten ear
Precolonial customary law in the western and central Sudanic regions of Africa allowed a slave, under certain conditions, to change masters through the drawing of blood from the ear of the desired new master or that of his child or dependent. The present study draws upon a hitherto-overlooked anecdote in a travel account to argue that this 'earcutting ceremony' was also present in the eastern, Nile-valley Sudan. © Routledge 1999.
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Spaulding, Jay, "Blood of a bitten ear" (1999). Kean Publications. 2781.