Funeral in Annobon (Annobone), 1841


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Source
William Allen, A Narrative of the Expedition sent by Her Majesty's Government to the River Niger, in 1841 (London, 1848), vol. 2, p. 64. (Copy in Special Collections, University of Virginia Library)

Comments
Caption, "Funeral Ceremony at Annabon" ; Annobon (Annobone), an island, virtually on equator south of St. Tome and Principe, and west of present-day Gabon. "We witnessed part of a funeral ceremony for a woman who had died the evening before . . . . All the people were found assembled in a semi-circle at the front of a house, singing . . . . A man in the middle poised a cross at least twenty feet high . . . .(Allen, p. 53)