Travels in the interior of Africa: from the Cape of Good Hope to Morocco from the years 1781 to 1797; through Caffraria, the kingdoms of Mataman, Angola, Massi, Monœnugi, Muschato [!] &c

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W. Durrell, 1801 - History
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Page 1 - Travels in the Interior of Africa, from the Cape of Good Hope to Morocco, from the year...
Page 124 - Boofu ; where the goods are unmipped, and farther tranfported by caravans. This country is extremely fruitful ; and, if it were inhabited by civilized nations, might obtain great wealth. It is rich in animals of all kinds, with plenty of timber and a variety of fruits. The mountains yield fait...
Page 98 - ... in religious ceremonies and morals. Circumcifion is here unknown. " Their marriages are attended with this peculiarity, that the bridegroom cannot receive his bride till he has given proof of his bravery, by killing a furious beaft,orlbme other courageous ait j after which lie may take two ftr three wives.
Page 148 - This is done to favoi; fecundity, and avert various evils. Polygamy is permitted and customary ; but open divorces are not allowed, although many women are compelled by illtreatment to leave their husbands. Children are here carefully brought up, being instructed by the priests in writing, and in the laws and religion of the country. For paper the Angolans use the skin of a beast, covered with soot and fat, and for pens they employ a sharp-pointed bone. Instruction is given in the. open air ; and...
Page 145 - The face of the country is alternately varied with mountains, bare rocks, fertile vales, and the finest pastures, which offer the inhabitants competency and superfluity, were they not too lazy to enjoy the blessings nature bestows, caring for their daily sustenance alone. The country is intersected by many small rivers, besides the great river Bambe, •which forms the northern boundary between this kingdom and that of Congo, and the waters with its numerous branches the adjacent countries.
Page 13 - ... of animals they take by hunting. — Of tame beads they flay none except on holydays. ' — The people in towns live better than thofe of the villages. Culinary Veflels are known, though little in ufe, as they are fo ftrongly attached to their old hereditary way of drilling their food.
Page 145 - The kingdom of Angola extends fourteen days journey from east to west, and ten from north to south. The face of the country is alternately varied with mountains, bare rocks, fertile vales, and the finest pastures, which offer the inhabitants competency and superfluity, were they not too lazy to enjoy the blessings nature bestows, caring for their daily sustenance alone. The country is intersected by many small rivers, besides the great river Bambe, •which forms the...
Page 148 - ... of a beast, covered with soot and fat, and for pens they employ a sharp-pointed bone. Instruction is given in the. open air ; and I observed that the children are here much more attentive than in many German schools. All boys belong to the king, who causes them, when grown up, to be taught the use of arms, for which the father receives a certain bounty ; as for example, to every one that brings in a grown-up son, a year's subsistence is given. To provide for this heavy...
Page 29 - THE Yaganefe, a fmall and poor nation, for the moft part dwell in forefts, living on tree-fruits and roots. The chafe is not very productive to them ; as the tigers are in fuch abundance as to let no other animal become numerous. Only elephants and tigers are met with in any quantity; in exchange for the teeth of the former the people get javelins and huntingfpc.irs.
Page 30 - I was obliged therefore to go> and look out for fruits and roots for my own fuftenance : and to avoid becoming as lazy as they were, I made acquaintance with a girl who carved figures on bleached bones. She buried the bones in moift...

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