With The Wild Men Of Borneo (Reprinted 2004)
by Mershon, Elizabeth
About This Book
Pastor Mershon and his wife Elizabeth were American missionaries sent to do the Church's work, first to China, then Singapore and finally Borneo. In With the Wild Men of Borneo, Elizabeth Mershon recounts her experiences and observations as she and her husband travelled into the wild jungles of Borneo on a mission to convert the animistic natives to Christianity. This book is both descriptive and somewhat condescending in its portrayal of the indigenous tribes and their way of life as seen through the eyes of a European settler in the early 1900s. Starting with chapters on the history and people of Borneo, the book goes on to describe the economics of life and everyday living, and travel by boat, pony, train and on foot in early 20th century Borneo. The 48 black-and-white photos in this book manage to capture life in Borneo during this era and are of historical significance.
This book was originally published in the US in 1922 and reissued in Sabah in 1999.
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