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More details about this item!!! NOTE !!! if the image(s) in the description shows a broken image icon(s), right click on the icon(s) and open in new tab to see the larger image(s). Rites at Funeral of an Ashantee Chief Another Fine Quality Print from Martin2001 Print Specifics: Type of print: Steel engraving - Original antique print Year of printing: not indicated in the print - actual 1882 Original artist: Various original authorities Engraver: Thorn Publisher: R.W. Thomas C. Jack, London, 45 Ludgate Hill Condition: 1 (1. Excellent - 2. Very good - 3. Good - 4. Fair) Age toning of paper. Dimensions: 7.5 x 10.5 inches, including blank margins (borders) around the image. Paper weight: 2 (1. Thick - 2. Heavier - 3. Medium heavy - 4. Slightly heavier - 5. Thin) Reverse side: Blank Notes: Green color around the print in the photo is a contrasting background on which the print was photographed. 1 inch = 2,54 cm. Narrative: The Ashantee territory is situated in Africa, adjoining the Gold Coast, and its capital, called Coomassie, is not more than 150 miles from the Settlement of the English at Cape Coast Castle, and yet till the year 1817, when a mission was sent to the Ashantees in order to put an end to the horrible cruelties which that nation had committed, and were perpetrating on the Fantees, (a small nation on the borders of the Gold Coast.) the former people were almost as unknown as if they had been inhabitants of another planet. Mr. BoWditch, whose loss cannot be sufficiently deplored by those who hoped and expected that the civilization of Africa would be greatly accelerated by his persevering inquiries, accompanied this mission, and from his narrative our information is chiefly derived. At all their festivals, or customs as they are called, some one of which occur every twenty-one days, not fewer than one hundred victims are immolated with the most barbarous rites. Besides these, there are sacrifices at the death of every person of rank, more or less bloody according to their dignity. On the death of his mother, the King butchered no less than three thousand victims! and on his own death, this number would probably be doubled. The funeral rites of a great captain were repeated weekly for three months; and 200 persons were slaughtered each time, or 2,400 in all. Some of these are freemen, as it is usual to " wet the grave" with the blood of some person of respectability. On some occasions, the sacrifices consist of females. Slaves are continually sacrificed by their priests, over large brass pans, that their blood, mingling with various other matter, may complete the charm, and produce invincible fetish. When their crops are dug, the Chiefs kill several slaves, that their blood may flow into the hole from whence the new yam has been taken. Those who cannot afford to kill slaves, take a head of one already sacrificed, and place it over the hole.  Martin2001 Satisfaction Guaranteed Policy! Any print purchased from me may be returned for any (or no) reason for a full refund including all postage. seller since 1998. Five-star service. Powered by Turbo Lister The free listing tool. List your items fast and easy and manage your active items.
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