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Fetischpriester von Bampram
Fetish priest from Bampram
Date Created and/or Issued
Publication Information
University of Southern California. Libraries
Contributing Institution
University of Southern California Digital Library
International Mission Photography Archive, ca.1860-ca.1960
Rights Information
All the images (photographic and non-photographic) made available in this collection are the property of the Basel Mission and are managed by mission 21. mission 21 / Basel Mission claim copyright on the images in their possession and require those publishing any of the images--both individuals and organisations--to pay a user's/copyright fee.
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mission21, Missionsstrasse 21, CH-4003 Basel, Switzerland, tel. (+41 61 260 22 42), fax (+4161 260 22 68)
Note: Veröffentlicht (Bohner 1890: 77 und HB, Jan. 1884). - Text zum Bild in (Bohner, 'Im Lande des Fetischs'): "Im Hintergrund Fetischhain und Fetischtempel der Stadt Prampram (zwischen La und Ringo gelegen). Rechts in buntgeblümtem Ueberwurf der Stadthäuptling." - Text im HB: "Fetischpriestergruppe in Prampram. - Unser Bild zeigt ein afrikanisches Heiligthum, die runde Fetischhütte von Prampram, einer bedeutenden Stadt auf der Goldküste, östlich von Christiansborg. [...] Im Vordergrund zeigt das Bild eine nach Negerbegriffen respektable Gesellschaft, nämlich die politischen und sozusagen die ... [nicht leserlich] Häupter der Stadt Prampram: den König mit seinem Stadtrath und die Sippe der Fetischpriester. [...]."
Note translation: Published (Bohner 1890: 77 and Heidenbote, Jan. 1884). - Text in (Bohner, 'In the Land of the Fetish') : "In the background fetish grove and fetish temple of Prampram (near La and Ringo). to the right in the flowered dress the town chief." - Text in the HB: "Fetish priest and group in Prampram. - Our picture shows an African holy place, the round fetish hut of Prampram, an important town on the Gold Coast east of Christiansborg. [...] In the foreground we see what is, by an African definition, respectable society, the political and the ... [illegible] heads of the town of Prampram: the king [sic] and his town council, and the lineage of the fetish priest." - The photograph from which this engraving was drawn is published in John Parker "Making the Town, Ga State and Society in Early Colonial Accra", 2000, p.20. The caption there: "Town leaders at Prampram c. 1880. The Ligble wulomo (Dangme: wolo), his wives, and the mantse and chiefs of Prampram (Gbubla): a portrait of sacred and secular authority in Ga-Dangme society." Ms notes on the photograph confirm that the man on the extreme right is the "king"
the ladies seated between him and the priest are designated "wives" and the men sitting on the left are called "chiefs". (PJ 04.2001).
print, wood engraving or line block (HD)
14.8 x 9.1 cm.
impa-m36677 [Legacy record ID]
Chief m
Men's wear
Priest f
Priest m
Sacral building
Women's wear
Indigenous African religions
QD-30.001.0002 [Reference number]
Historical Photographs from the Basel Mission
International Mission Photography Archive, ca.1860-ca.1960
QD-30.001: untitled
impa-m15099; impa-m17617
mission 21 / Basel Mission

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