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Title
A basket of Twin Babies, Old Calabar, late 19th century
Creator
Unknown
Date Created and/or Issued
circa 1880
Publication Information
University of Southern California. Libraries
Contributing Institution
University of Southern California Digital Library
Collection
International Mission Photography Archive, ca.1860-ca.1960
Rights Information
Centre for the Study of World Christianity
Contact the repository for details.
The University of Edinburgh School of Divinity, New College, Mound Place, Edinburgh EH1 2LX, United Kingdom
divinity-CSWC@ed.ac.uk
http://www.cswc.div.ed.ac.uk/collections/
Description
Image of a woven basket containing two sets of twin babies. There are two older children standing behind the basket and two seated in the foreground of the picture.
It was the belief in Calabar that if a woman had twins one of them had to be a devil so the twins were left in the jungle to die. Mary Slessor, the Scottish Missionary, successfully fought against the practice of killing twins at infancy and herself saved many twins from this fate.
Type
image
Format
1 lantern slide : 8 x 8 cm.
lantern slides
Identifier
impa-m68172 [Legacy record ID]
imp-cswc-GB-237-CSWC47-LS2-029.tif
http://doi.org/10.25549/impa-m68172
http://thumbnails.digitallibrary.usc.edu/imp-cswc-GB-237-CSWC47-LS2-029.jpg
Subject
Human rights
Twins
Group portraits
Time Period
circa 1880
Place
Africa
Nigeria
Source
GB 237 CSWC47/LS2/29 [File]
Relation
International Mission Photography Archive, ca.1860-ca.1960
Mary Slessor LS2
Photographs from the Centre for the Study of World Christianity, University of Edinburgh, U.K., ca.1900-ca.1940s

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