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Häuptling v. Akwanko (Mbembe) sitzt auf d. Grab seiner Väter
The chief of Abwanko (Mbembe) sitting on the grave of his ancestors
Zürcher, Wilhelm (Mr)
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.
Contact the Archives of mission21 at address mentioned or at
mission21, Missionsstrasse 21, CH-4003 Basel, Switzerland, tel. (+41 61 260 22 42), fax (+4161 260 22 68)
Annotation translation: "The chief's grave is made in front of his house, or even in the house itself. A vertical shaft is dug in the soil, about as deep as a man is tall. At the bottom a horizontal shaft is dug with enough space for seven people. When the grave is dug seven men must lay down in it, to show that it is big enough. The first corpse is laid in the grave, and the entrance from the vertical shaft walled up. At the next funeral the grave is reopened and the second corpse placed in it. And so on till the seventh corpse has been laid there. Each one buried is marked, on the surface, by a basalt obelisk."
Annotation: "Das Häuptlingsgrab wird vor der Hütte angelegt, sonst in der Hütte & zwar in der Form, dass ein senkrechter Schacht etwa mannshoch in die Tiefe gegraben wird, von dessen Grund aus dann ein waagrechter Schacht mit Raum für 7 Personen vorgetrieben wird. Beim Ausheben des Grabes müssen 7 Männer sich hineinlegen, um zu sehen, ob der ausgegrabene Grabraum ausreichend ist. Die erste Leiche wird in den Schacht gelegt & das Loch gegen den senkrechten Schacht zugemauert. Bei der nächsten Beerdigung wird der Grabschacht wieder geöffnet & die 2. Leichen hineingeschoben, u.s.w. bis 7. Über dem Grab wird für jeden Beerdigten ein Basaltobelisk aufgestellt."
Stamped: "Museum der Basler Mission, Basel, Missionsstrasse 21."
b/w positive, paper print, gelatin-silver
8.0 x 10.9 cm.
impa-m30289 [Legacy record ID]
Ancestor worship
Chief m
Type and material of construction
Time Period
E-30.85.265 [Reference number]
Cameroon. Land, people, religion. 5 Photographs by Zürcher. A) Land, nature, plants, animals, landscapes, places; b) the life of the people; c) religion
Historical Photographs from the Basel Mission
International Mission Photography Archive, ca.1860-ca.1960
impa-m15099; impa-m17144
mission 21 / Basel Mission

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