Adventures in Africa During a Tour of Two Years Through That Country

Adventures in Africa During a Tour of Two Years Through That Country

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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. 184? edition. Excerpt: ...with chequered housings of blue and yellow, was led prancing behind him, and immediately in advance bounded the champion on a coal-black charger, bearing the imperial shield of massive silver, with the sacred emblem of Christianity in high relief, while his long plaited raven locks floated wildly behind over the spotted hide of a panther, by which his broad shoulders were graced. Abogaz Maretch and Ayto Berkie rode on either side of the crimson dtbaboch, and a marshalled line of shieldbearers, under the master of the horse, preserved a clear space around the royal person, until the cavalcade had gained the stockaded knoll upon the summit of which the palace is erected. Here a deputation of priests, clad in snow-white garments, received the victorious monarch with a blessing, and under a volley of musketry his majesty proceeded to ascend. The outer court was crowded with female slaves, beggars, and menials, who on the first appearance of the umbrellas within the gate, greeted the royal return with the shrillest clamor, and cast themselves prostrate in the dust. Fusileers and matchlockmen of the imperial body-guard lined the second palisaded inclosure, and under a feu-de-joie, their leader, performing the war-dance before the holy ark, led the procession to the last inclosure, where the king being met by the eunuchs of the royal household entered the palace by a private door, and surrounded by pages and attendants presently took seat in a high latticed balcony fronting the inner quadrangle. Full in the centre stood a gigantic drum, whereat twelve weird old hags thumped unceasingly with crossed hands, keeping time energetically with their feet, while under the most frightful contortions and gesticulations, they cursed and screamed defiance to more

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  • Paperback | 280 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 15mm | 503g
  • Miami Fl, United States
  • English
  • Illustrations, black and white
  • 1236488857
  • 9781236488855