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Okandas, a large nation about the middle course of the Ogoway river, west Equatorial Africa; a tall fine race of Negroid type, but cannibals, as indicated by the custom of filing the teeth to a point. They are everywhere known by the habit of going about with a "walking stick" 5 to 6 feet long, which is never laid aside. The dead are neither buried nor burned, but thrown into the river weighted with a large stone to prevent the body from rising, in which case the head would be taken and converted into a fetish by the neighbouring Aduma and Osyeba tribes. The Okandas are great boasters, like the kindred Mpongwiss of the coast districts, and so indolent that they can never be got to work on the French plantations in the Ogoway and Gaboon regions.