Funeral in Annobon (Annobone), 1841

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William Allen, A Narrative of the Expedition sent by Her Majesty's Government to the River Niger, in 1841 (London, 1848), vol. 2, p. 64.

Caption, "Funeral Ceremony at Annabon" ; Annobon (Annobone), an island, virtually on equator south of St. Tome and Principe, and west of present-day Gabon. "We witnessed part of a funeral ceremony for a woman who had died the evening before . . . . All the people were found assembled in a semi-circle at the front of a house, singing . . . . A man in the middle poised a cross at least twenty feet high . . . .(Allen, p. 53)