Glimpses Into African Mission Life

Glimpses Into African Mission Life

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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. 1911 edition. Excerpt: ...It is beyond the power of my pen to picture these scenes in half their awfulness. Before the life spark has left the body of a dying person the natives begin their wailing which is pathetic in the extreme and enough to strike a chill to the strongest heart. Since listening to the wail of the African women we think we can better understand the words of Scripture where they speak of "weeping and wailing and gnashing of teeth." On account of the intense heat of that climate the interment takes place on the same day or the day following the death. Relatives and friends gather in to mourn with the bereaved family and at the coming of each new group the wailing begins afresh. Sometimes the mourners walk about wringing their hands or throw themselves down despairingly and pour out their great grief in moaning and lamentation. The graves are often dug in the floor of the house or porch where the person has lived, if not there then in the yard or garden, and occasionally just outside the town by the roadside. The bodies are wrapped in white cloth and well enfolded in native mats and the earth is always well trodden down and packed hard for the graves are not more than three feet deep and they wish to prevent the wild animals of the bush from digging them up and devouring them. The first heathen burial I ever witnessed was of an old woman in the town of Kunso. It was during the first of my experience on the field. Another lady missionary was with us and wrote an article about it for publication. It can best be described in her own words, as follows: "Yesterday we learned that one of the old women in Kunso was dying. We went as soon as we could but she was dead when we arrived. The wailing smote our ears before we left the mission. On going...show more

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  • Paperback | 58 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 3mm | 122g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • Miami Fl, United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236528549
  • 9781236528544