Great Benin

Great Benin

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1903 edition. Excerpt: ...little or no change in the ceremonies as recorded in the past, when compared with the ceremonies he himself took part in. " It is not as if Europeans had constantly frequented Benin. There are lapses of generations between the recorded visits, yet at the end of so many centuries the courtiers seemed to know all the details which were en regle when a European arrived. Practically, Nyendael's reception was the same as my own. It is remarkable that the traditions which regulate the ceremonies should have been handed down so carefully." As at many African courts, the Queen Mother is a woman of importance. Thus Dapper says: "The king's mother is held in great esteem and has a splendid court, at a little distance outside the town, beautifully and magnificently built, where she resides with many women and daughters. She is consulted in all state affairs; but by dint of a special law the king and his mother are not allowed to see each other, as long as they live." Lieut. King " was introduced to the Queen Mother, who resides in a walled town which belonged to her, situated about three or four miles from Benin. After having passed through two courts, he was conducted into an apartment where all sorts of refreshments were offered him. The queen entered soon afterwards, her right arm supported horizontally by one of her suite. She was dressed in European silks and laden with coral ornaments, and wore a big festooned hat, like that of her son. Through her interpreter, she addressed several questions to Lieut. King, such as ' How do you do? ' ' Vhat condition is your boat?' 'How did you cross the dangerous bar? ' " Mr. Cyril Punch informs me that in his time the king's mother was called...
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  • Paperback | 112 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 6mm | 213g
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236839277
  • 9781236839275