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A Komfo child
Ein Komfo-Kind (Erklärung siehe Rückseite)
Ringwald, Ernst Walter (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: "Every child is brought to a traditional priest [literally: a spirit-priest] 8 days after the birth. People ask him what the child will be. The spirit gives his prophecy: storekeeper, farmer, etc. Or he [the pronoun is ambiguous: 'he' could be the priest, or the spirit] decides the child should become the priest of a spirit. If this is the case the child's hair will not be cut. And on days when offerings are made to the spirit, the child makes offerings too."
Annotation: "Jedes Kind wird 8 Tage nach der Geburt einem Geisterpriester gebracht, der angefragt wird, was aus dem Kinde werden soll. Der Geist sagt voraus: 'Storekeeper, Farmer, etc.' Oder er bestimmt, dass das Kind ein Komfo-Geisterpriester werden soll. In diesem Fall werden dem Kind die Haare nicht mehr geschnitten. Am Tag, an welchem dem Geist geopfert wird, opfert auch das Kind."
Note: Die weisse Umrahmung um das Kind ist aufgemalt. (MS 11.1998).
Note translation: The white frame around the child has been painted on (MS 11/98).
Stamped: "Museum der Basler Mission, Basel, Missionsstrasse 21."
b/w positive, paper print, gelatin-silver
12.8 x 13.2 cm.
impa-m26722 [Legacy record ID]
Dedicated child
Indigenous African religions
Portrait child
Time Period
D-30.63.106 [Reference number]
Gold Coast. Secular themes. European civilisation. Trade. Transport. Non-christian religion. Islam. Ritual
Historical Photographs from the Basel Mission
International Mission Photography Archive, ca.1860-ca.1960
impa-m15099; impa-m17359
mission 21 / Basel Mission

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