TRIBE of MEN and WOMEN

MONSTER - MOUTHED

UBANGI SAVAGES

 

 

From Central Africa's Most Remote and Least - Explored Jungles

 

 

The World's Most Weird Living Humans

 

 

 

Above Pitch Card - Courtesy of Neil Davis

 

BROUGHT TO AMERICA THIS SEASON by the

RINGLING BROS AND BARNUM & BAILEY CIRCUS

and EXHIBITED EXCLUSIVELY by the GREATEST SHOW ON EARTH

 

 

UBANGI SAVAGES --- FEATURED WITH THE AL. G. BARNES CIRCUS SEASON 1932

 

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THE UBANGI SAVAGES POSITIVELY APPEAR IN

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Perforation of the lower lip (or less often the upper) for insertion of a decorative plug or other ornament was once widespread among Africans, lowland South American Indians, the Indians of the northwest North American coast, and the Inuit (Eskimo). Striking examples include those of the women of the Mursi and Sara tribes of Africa (for a time commonly known as Ubangi, after the name erroneously applied in P.T. Barnum's publicity), whose lips were pierced and then stretched slowly over time to accommodate ever-larger inserts.(Britannica- Online)

 

Ringling Brothers Barnum & Bailey exhibited 13 Ubangi women during the early 1930s. They were brought out of West Africa by Dr Ludwig Bergonnier. (Source: Performing Arts Museum Collection)

 

Barnum's constructed persona provides a paradigm for reading the presence of non-whites and non-Western carnival and museum exhibits, such as female performers from the Congo. .....................the exhibit exoticized the women's aesthetic practice of enlarging their lips with captions that read "mouths and lips as large as those of full-grown crocodiles!" and "Genuine monster-mouthed Ubangi Savages."

 

The performers were renamed. The **promoters of Ringling Brothers, Barnum and Bailey Circus "resettled" the performers by christening them "Ubangis" after a district of Africa because it "had the proper exotic ring" (Bogdan 194).

 

**Roland Butler - coined the word Ubangi.

 


 

 


 

 


 

 



 


 


 

 


 

 


 

 


 

 


 

 


 

 


 

 


 

 


 

 


 

 


 

 


 

 


 

 




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