The Ethiopian: A Narrative of The Society of Human Leopards

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C. Carrington, 1900 - Ethiopia - 287 pages
 

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Page 285 - Golgotha' to the members of the force. The ground here was found covered with skulls and bones of hundreds of victims. At Bantama was the celebrated execution bowl, which was fully described by Bowdich in his account of Kumassi in 1817. It is a large brass basin some five feet in diameter. It is ornamented with four small lions, and a number of round knobs all...
Page 39 - But while the women pounded, the people and the executioners yelled and danced till the excitement attained a frantic pitch. Then, suddenly closing in, the crowd seized the great pillars lying on the ground, hoisted them up by main force of arm, and, planting each one in the center of the gory mass below, filled in the loose earth and stones about them. "Not till the earth was packed hard around the pillars and level with the surface of the surrounding soil did the women cease their ghastly labour....
Page 284 - In England we scarcely realise the extent to which human sacrifice had been carried on in Ashanti previous to the late expedition, but evidences were not wanting to show it. "In the first place, the name Kumassi means 'the death-place.
Page 39 - O women, pound the sacred rice to feed the gods!' they commenced pounding away with their formidable rammers at the wretched creatures below. "The piercing shrieks that immediately rent the air soon ceased, and presently save for a low groan or two, no sound rose from the blood-stained mortars except the monotonous beat-beat of the horrid pestles. "But while the women pounded, the people and the executioners yelled and danced till the excitement attained a frantic pitch. Then, suddenly closing in,...
Page 285 - ... covered with skulls and bones of hundreds of victims. At Bantama was the celebrated execution bowl, which was fully described by Bowdich in his account of Kumassi in 1817. It is a large brass basin some five feet in diameter. It is ornamented with four small lions, and a number of round knobs all round its rim, except at one part, where there is a space for the victim's neck to rest on the edge. The blood of the victims was allowed to putrefy in the bowl, and leaves of certain herbs being added,...
Page 35 - Then cows' horns, filled with powder and tamped with clay, were fired off with a thundering report and considerable danger to the neighbors; and, with the exception of the king, who practically never appeared in public, and of his immediate attendants, the whole population of the town flocked to the spot where the ghastly preparations were already well advanced. "The priests and the warriors and women gathered in a great circle around the pits; the slaves who had carried the victims from the town,...
Page 275 - Holmes, who has accepted a position under Government. AT the annual meeting of the African Trade Section of the Liverpool Chamber of Commerce held on Monday, Mr. Alfred L. Jones, the president, remarked that all West African people had lent themselves heartily to support the great effort of the Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine, which the Chamber of Commerce initiated. Mr. Chamberlain has written a letter in which he...
Page 286 - yam custom,' or harvest festival, at which large numbers of victims were often offered to the gods. Then the king went every quarter to pay his devotions to the shades of his ancestors at Bantama, and this demanded the deaths of twenty men over the great bowl on each occasion. On the death of any great personage two of the household slaves were at once killed on the threshold of the door, in order to attend their master immediately in his new life, and his grave was...
Page 36 - ... animadverting upon the crucifixions of the young women that had taken place two days previously for the prevention of famine and drought, he referred to the head-cutting of the day before, and declared that the auguries drawn from the positions in which the heads had fallen had been most favorable; that the posts of the Juju House were about to be set up in accordance with them ; that the heads would be fixed upon the building and would bring great luck; and, to prevent and minimize occurrences...
Page 50 - ... stood to her poor parents, now that they were getting old, and there was not a passage in Scripture that spake of parents or of children, from Joseph sold into slavery to Mary weeping below the Cross, that was not written, never to be obliterated, on her uncorrupted heart.

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