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The Cape and the Kafirs: 1852-1st-Alfred Cole-Five Years in South Africa/African


 The Cape and the Kafirs: Or, Notes of Five Years' Residence in South Africa

Cole, Alfred W.

Book Description: Richard Bentley, London, 1852. First edition. xv + 319pp, with hand coloured engraved frontispiece of Macomo, the Kafir chief. Notes on 5 years' residence in South Africa travelling in the Cape Colony with sketches of scenes, manners & customs in the Colony and on the Kafir frontier. Brown embossed hardback, original boards with wear to the edges and corners. Pages with some scattered foxing, although the textblock is tight. Condition overall is Good only. SCARCE FIRST EDITION.

It was evening, and I was conducted into a large room.... Candles were stuck in silver sconces, fastened to the walls in profusion.... Round the room were several old Malays(91), squatting on mats, dressed in gala costume. In the centre of the room a quantity of perfume was burning. Three or four younger Malays kept marching round the room, and they and the old gentlemen kept up a sort of grunting, whining chorus..... was afterwards informed that they were chanting sentences from the Koran. Suddenly the young gentlemen began to throw themselves about in gladiatorial attitudes, singing faster than ever. Thereupon the old gentlemen shouted louder. Then the young men stripped off their shirts.... [They] danced, and jumped, and shouted, till they left little pools of sudorific exhalations on the floor. Then a boy came shouting awfully. the same moment two of the young men seized the boy, and plunged a sharp instrument like a meat-skewer through his tongue--at least so it appeared.... ...the boy looked quite happy and contented with his tongue on a skewer....


[Then] one of the young men took a dagger and plunged it into the fleshy part of his side... then walked round and showed himself. There were a few drops of blood apparently flowing from the wound.... Another man thrust a skewer through his cheek, and came and showed himself also. Then some red-hot chains were brought in, and thrown over an iron beam, when another of the Malays seized them with his bare hands, and kept drawing them fast over the beams. All the while... the Malays kept up their hideous shrieking of the Koran sentences.... The noise, the sight, the weapons, and the red-hot chains, together, formed a scene bordering on the diabolical; except that there was such evident jugglery in the whole affair....

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