Reminiscences of the South African Mission

Reminiscences of the South African Mission

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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. 1895 edition. Excerpt: ...BURIAL.--YOUNG KAFFIRS ON A JOURNEY. THE ZULU LANGUAGE. 1. Kaffir Burial. In reminding us of our dear departed ones, the Word of God admonishes us, 1. Thess. 4, 13: "Not to sorrow even as others which have no hope." Now if we want an illustration of the hopelesness and sorrow of those "others" we need but look at the Zulu Kaffirs. When a Kaffir dies, a grave--if a ditch can be called a grave--is dug near his hut. The digging, however, is not done by day, but by night, by the light of a torch. Several of us missionaries were witnesses of this grave-digging one night about 10 o'clock. The burial also takes place in the night; probably in the same night in which the grave is made. How deep they make their graves, or whether they observe any rules in this respect and whether they wrap the bodies in anything I never got an opportunity to learn. As they have no boards, coffins are entirely out of the question. The Kaffirs are not only hopeless in regard to their dead, they are also heartless and devoid of feeling in their mourning. It was comical to see the friends and relatives of the deceased, whose graves we had seen making, going on the following day in large numbers to the village of mourning. They had to pass near us and were cheerful and happy, engaged in gay conversation as long as the village which lay beyond the hill was yet out of their sight. But as soon as they reached (so; the top of the hill and caught sight of the village, a revulsion of feeling immediately seemed to take place in the entire company: their conversation ceased and a heartrending wailing succeeded which was kept up until they reached the village. There the howling was continued with short intermissions for several days. This episode reminded us...show more

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  • Paperback
  • 189 x 246 x 1mm | 68g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • Miami Fl, United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236568672
  • 9781236568670