Public Execution, Whydah (Ouidah), Dahomey, 1725

Description

If a man is surprised with a wife of the King, it costs the life of both of them, nothing can save them. . . . If the man and the woman are taken, the King pronounces the sentence of death on the spot... (pp. 65-66; our translation). Labat proceeds to give a detailed description of the execution of the adulterous couple. A reversed image was later published In Thomas Astley (ed.), A New General Collection of Voyages and Travels (London, 1745-47; vol. 3, plate 2, facing p. 38) with the caption, Punishment of one of ye King of Whidah's wives and her Gallant, and an English version of the description in Labat ( see Astley, p. 38).

Source

Jean Baptiste Labat, Voyage du chevalier Des Marchais en Guinèe . . .fait en 1725, 1726, & 1727 (Amsterdam, 1731), vol. 2, facing p. 66. (Copy in Library Company of Philadelphia)

Language

French

Rights

Image is in the public domain. Metadata is available under Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 4.0 International.

Identifier

LCP-19

Spatial Coverage

Africa--Western Bight--Ouidah

Citation

"Public Execution, Whydah (Ouidah), Dahomey, 1725 ", Slavery Images: A Visual Record of the African Slave Trade and Slave Life in the Early African Diaspora, accessed October 16, 2021, http://slaveryimages.org/s/slaveryimages/item/1639
If a man is surprised with a wife of the King, it costs the life of both of them, nothing can save them. . . . If the man and the woman are taken, the King pronounces the sentence of death on the spot...  (pp. 65-66; our translation). Labat proceeds to give a detailed description of the execution of the adulterous couple. A reversed image was later published In Thomas Astley (ed.), A New General Collection of Voyages and Travels (London, 1745-47; vol. 3, plate 2, facing p. 38) with the caption, Punishment of one of ye King of Whidah's wives and her Gallant, and an English version of the description in Labat ( see Astley, p. 38).
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