Human Sacrificial Ceremony, Dahomey, 1849-50

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Frederick E. Forbes, Dahomey and the Dahomans: being the journals of two missions to the king of Dahomey, and residence in his capital, in . . . 1849 and 1850 (London, 1851), vol. 2, facing p.44; also published in, Andrew H. Foote, Africa and the American Flag (New York, 1854), p. 88.

"The platform of the Ah-toh"; viewing the ceremony depicted in image titled "The Human Sacrifices of the Ek-Gnee-Noo-Ah-Toh." Forbes writes: "On the last day of May . . . the human sacrifices are offered by the king, his gifts to his people. In the centre of the . . . marketplace, a platform was erected twelve feet in height, enclosed by a parapet [a]breast high." The ceremony is described in vol. 2 (pp. 44 ff.).