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Mbembe girl, a non-christian. The many brass rings on her arm, the chains around her neck, and her headdress, are her pride. She does not yet know that a pure heart and a joyful spirit are the most beautiful things we humans can possess
Mbembetochter, eine Heidin. Die vielen Ringe aus Messing um den Arm, die Ketten um den Hals & der Kopfschmuck sind sein Stolz. Es weiss noch nichts davon, dass ein reines Herz & ein frohes Gemüt das Schönste ist, was wir Menschen haben können
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 main hindrance to the growth of a christian congregation in Mbembe Land is the custom there that each girl must have had 1-2 illegitimate children before she marries. Only then will the relations agree to the marriage. Mbembe people are also hard drinkers."
Annotation: "Das Haupthindernis für die Entstehung einer Gemeinde im Mbembe-Land ist die dort übliche Sitte, dass jedes Mädchen vor der Verheiratung mit ihrem Bräutigam 1-2 uneheliche Kinder haben muss, bevor die Verwandtschaft in die Verheiratung einwilligt. Dazu kommt die Trunksucht der Mbembe."
Note: Cf. E-30.85.128: Bild ihres Bruders.
Note translation: Cf. E-30.85.128: Her brother.
Stamped: "Museum der Basler Mission, Basel, Missionsstrasse 21."
b/w positive, paper print, gelatin-silver
10.9 x 8.0 cm.
impa-m30180 [Legacy record ID]
Portrait f
Time Period
E-30.85.156 [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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