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Old January 11th, 2013, 10:46 AM   #1

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The night between the 25th and 26th of November 1844
A bloody event is taking place this night in the village Orsu outside the Danish fortress Christiansborg (Christianís Castle) on the African Gold Coast. In the flickering candle light local tribesmen are frantically beating the villageís war drum as part of a fetish ceremony lead by the local chieftain Adum Takori. The former translator at the nearby Danish fort, Sebah Akim, drags two children to the drum, where he cuts their throats so that their blood gushes over the drum. The locals are of the belief that it will keep the souls of the children in a state of agony every time the drum sounds. The next day five siblings to the murdered children are sold to a Portuguese slave trader.

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The war drum used during the fetish ceremony, picture courtesy of the Danish National Museum.
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