The History of Various Modern African Nations (Google eBook)

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P. Phillips, 1808 - Africa - 390 pages
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Page 250 - ... milk every morning. It is of no importance whether the girl has an appetite or not ; the kouskous and milk must be swallowed, and obedience is frequently enforced by blows. I have seen a poor girl sit crying, with the bowl at her lips, for more than an hour, and her mother, with a stick in her hand, watching her all the while, and using the stick without mercy whenever she observed that her daughter was not swallowing.
Page 233 - To a woman, I never addressed myself in the language of decency and friendship, without receiving a decent and friendly answer. If I was hungry or thirsty, wet or sick, they did not hesitate, like the men, to perform a generous action. In so free and so kind a manner did they contribute to my relief, that if 1 was dry I drank the sweetest draught, and if hungry I ate the coarsest morsel with a double relish.
Page 295 - It is bounded on the north by the Mediterranean ; on the east by the little river El Arish, (supposed to be the scriptural " River of Egypt,
Page 249 - Negro wedding : here was neither singing, nor dancing ; nor any other amusement that I could perceive. A woman was beating the drum, and the other women joining at times like a chorus, by setting up a shrill scream ; and at the same time, moving their tongues from one side of the mouth to the other...
Page 207 - Mandingoes; but in Bondou they are opulent in a high degree, and enjoy all the necessaries of life in the greatest profusion. They display great skill in the management of their cattle, making them extremely gentle by kindness and familiarity.
Page 205 - Fooladoo (which signifies the country of the Foulahs) ; but they possess at present many other kingdoms at a great distance from each other : their complexion, however, is not exactly the same in the...
Page 223 - And Esau said, Behold, I am at the point to die: and what profit shall this birthright do to me?
Page 219 - ... are all very simple} and the workmanship (particularly in the formation of knives and spears) is not destitute of merit. The iron, indeed, is hard and brittle; and requires much labour before it can be made to answer the purpose. Most of the African blacksmiths are acquainted also with the method of smelting gold, in which process they use an alkaline salt, obtained from a ley of burnt corn-stalks evaporated to dryness. They likewise draw the gold into wire, and form it into a variety of ornaments,...
Page 222 - Of the other wild animals, the most common are the hy&na, the panther, and the elephant. The usual beast of burthen in Nigritia is the ass. The application of animal labour to the purposes of agriculture, is no where adopted ; the plough, therefore, is wholly unknown. The chief instrument made use of in tillage is the hoe, which varies in form in different districts ; and the labour is universally performed by slaves. In monarchical governments, the uncultivated lands are considered as the property...
Page 325 - ... at the head and feet of each, and either plant the intermediate space with flowers, or cover it with tiles. Persons of quality generally have a square room, with a handsome cupola, erected over their graves. This being kept constantly white and clean, illustrates the expression of Christ, where he compares hypocrites to whited sepulchres, which appear outwardly beautiful, but within are full of dead men's bones and all uncleanness.

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