Four Years in Ashantee (Google eBook)

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R. Carter & Brothers, 1875 - Ashanti - 320 pages
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Page x - I know thy works : behold, I have set before thee an open door, and no man can shut it ; for thou hast a little strength, and hast kept my word, and hast not denied my name.
Page 303 - Asante Kotoko,' or the Ashantee porcupine, which means that like die animal of that name, nobody dare touch them ... It is this Kotoko council which rules the entire kingdom, and deals with the people, who must obey, whatever their own wishes or inclinations may be, in the most despotic way. In...
Page 303 - Karikari (1867-74): . . . the reins of the Ashantee government are not exclusively in the hands of the king, nor does he possess unlimited power, but shares it with a council which includes, besides his majesty, his mother, 2 the three first chiefs of the kingdom [Juabenhene, Bekwaihene, and Mamponghene], and a few nobles of Kumasi (Coomassie). This council is called 'Asante Kotoko', or the Ashantee porcupine, which means that like the animal of that name, nobody dare touch them.
Page 116 - Death!' three beats of the drum, 'Cut it off!' and a single beat from another drum announced 'The head has dropped.' Powerless as we were, amid the fearful darkness around, to hinder such atrocities, we could only sigh, and pray that our captivity might bring about a better state of things.
Page 70 - Boys with sabres, fans, and elephants' tails danced around him like imps of darkness, screaming with all the power of their lungs, ' He is coming, he is coming. His majesty the lord of all the earth approaches.' The boys then retired that the king might be able to look well at us and enjoy the intensity of his happiness. Golden sandals adorned his feet, a richly-ornamented turban was on his head, his dress was of yellow silk damask, his hands and feet glittered with gold bracelets and bangles.
Page 237 - You wished for war, and you have it; you swore you would not return till you could bring me the walls of Cape Coast, and now you want me to recall you because many chiefs have fallen and you are suffering.
Page 134 - Kiihne, went early to the marketplace, where the army defiled from seven in the morning until night, during which time, chests containing the bones of the fallen chiefs, each surrounded by the wives of the deceased, were continually carried past. The chief who falls in battle is lightly buried, and water is poured on his grave many times a day, for some weeks. The bones thus becoming clean, are taken out and deposited in a chest, which, on this occasion, was covered with rich damask silk. The women,...
Page 135 - ... The hair of the majority was rough and shaggy, giving their heads the look of Medusas. Their costumes were by no means uniform ; some wore blouses English fashion, others donned various pieces of European clothing, but they were mostly in native dress, rolled together under their cartridge pouches. The chiefs appeared in dirty red and yellow coats, ornamented with amulets, and many had caps of antelope skin decorated with feathers, gold plates and charms. The lookers on were mostly streaked with...
Page 303 - In important matters all the other chiefs of the kingdom are called together to discuss the case, but they are sure to vote in accordance with the view of the council, for who would dare to oppose the Kotoko?
Page 245 - From olden limes it has been seen that God fights for Ashantee if the war is a just one. This one is unjust. The Europeans begged for the imprisoned white men. They were told to wait until Adu Bofo came back; then they said they wanted money. The money was offered, and even weighed. How then can this war be justified? . . . Taking all into consideration, I strongly advise that the white men should be sent back at once, and God can help...

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