From Benguella to the Territory of Yacca; Description of a Journey Into Central and West Africa. Comprising Narratives, Adventures, and Important Surveys of the Sources of the Rivers, Cunene, Cubango, Luando, Cuanza, and Cuango, Volume 1
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. 1882 edition. Excerpt: ... arms, which gave him an extraordinary resemblance to a puppet at a fair, or tho renowned Mr. Punch in his show! The procession was closed by a great crowd of men, women, and children, making so tremendous an uproar that nothing but the drums, beaten by the most vigorous of arms, had a chance of making themselves audible. The excitement of the scene communicated itself to the whole of the encampment, where every member was either dancing, or bawling at the top of his voice. And in the midst of it all, the Sova's nephew Caueu, commander of the advanced guard, from time to time, in an uncontrollable fit of high spirits, rested the palms of his hands upon the ground and threw his heels in the air, to the manifest danger of the faces of those who were in his immediate vicinity. For a quarter of an hour this extraordinary scene was enacting before our eyes, and at length Muene N'DumbaTembo 4 by the aid of his macotas descended from his lofty seat and mingled with us poor mortals. When he did so, we found him to be a well-shaped man, with features indicative of intelligence and dignity, and with a certain refinement of manner. He wore an undergarment of gingham, drawn in at the waist by a belt, from which was suspended a small antelope's skin, while a coat of some dark stuff, striped with bands of little beads, completed his simple but not inelegant attire. y A brass crown, not dissimilar in shape to that of the S early monarchs of Europe, though it would have been hard to say from whose diadem it had been copied, encircled his brows, the lower part of which had a band embroidered with coloured beads. A singular collar was round his neck, having as pendants a couple of shells and a small antelope-horn. His fingers, which were covered with brass rings, ...
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