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AFRICAN MUSIC.                         275
the band playing rather lively airs, we observed the women racing down from their villages, and gathering from all directions towards the common centre. As they approached nearer, the charms of music were overpowering, and halting for an instant they assumed what they considered the most graceful attitudes, and then danced up to band."
"In a short time my buglers could scarcely blow their instruments for laughing at the extra­ordinary effect of their performance. A fantastic crowd surrounded them as they halted in our position among the rocks, and every minute added to their number."
" The women throughout the Shooli are entire­ly naked; thus the effect of a female crowd, bounding madly about as musical enthusiasts, was very extraordinary; even the babies were brought out to dance; and these infants strapped to their mothers' backs, and covered with pump­kin shells, like the young tortoises, were jolted about, without the slightest consideration for the weakness of their necks, by their infatuated mothers."
" As usual among all tribes of Central Africa, the old women were even more determined dancers than the young girls. Several old Venuses were making themselves extremely ridic­ulous, as they sometimes do in civilized countries, when attempting the allurements of younger days."
•Ismailia, page 282.






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