The Africans At Home; Being A Popular Description Of Africa And The Africans Condensed From The…

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byRobert Maxwell Macbrair

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1864 edition. Excerpt: ...of captives that are taken in their international wars; and as the kingdom of Ashantee is the strongest and most consolidated, it seldom wants a full stock of slaves. The soil is in general very rich, producing many valuable fruits and vegetables; together with cotton, indigo, bamboos, and oil nuts. We have already mentioned the fetish, which is THE FETISH MAN, AND THE GOVERNOR OF WYDAH. the common worship of the negroes of Guinea. It is a species of demonology. Spirits of various kinds are supposed to reside in natural objects which have been properly consecrated,--spirits of both sexes, and,requiring food for their support. Each town has at Jleast one rude temple or fetish house erected in a grove. Many kinds of objects, animate, inanimate, and fanciful, are consecrated for the abode of these imagined spirits. Images abound. In some places the crocodile is worshipped, or dangerous serpents, or wild beasts. Certain rivers, lakes, and ponds are held peculiarly sacred. The fetish men and women work upon the credulity and superstitious fears of the people, and make them serve their own purposes of gain and power. Under the same influence of fear, some negroes worship the devil, whom they suppose to be a great evil spirit ever intent upon mischief. So that when a person rises from his seat, his attendants are wont immediately to lie down on their side, and cover the spot where their master sat, lest the devil should slip into his place. But on the Gold Coast, instead of being honoured, he is annually expelled from the country with great ceremony. The people collect on a certain evening, furnished with muskets, sticks, and other noisy weapons; and shouting, hallooing, and making all the din that is possible, they beat about the houses. Then they rush...

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1864 edition. Excerpt: ...of captives that are taken in their international wars; and as the kingdom of Ashantee is the strongest and most consol...

Format:PaperbackDimensions:96 pages, 9.69 × 7.44 × 0.2 inPublished:July 9, 2012Publisher:General Books LLCLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0217062903

ISBN - 13:9780217062909

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