Tag Archives: Richard Francis Burton

Sir Burton’s Recipe for Love, from 1001 Nights

A Story about Love and Friendship for Valentine’s Day: First published 5 March 2011; revised 8 Feb. 2003 Prior to Richard Burton’s years of exploits in Africa, while stationed in India, he learned Arabic and studied widely both religious and … Continue reading

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Posted in Arabic, Arabic poetry, European explorers, Food, Middle East, Recipes, Richard Burton, Social Life | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , | 2 Comments

Teeth-filing as a Mark of Beauty and Belonging in 19th Century Africa

This blog follows on Gambler’s House interesting Blog about Filed Teeth at Cahokia : One of the distinctive characteristics of Cahokia and its area of strong influence is the prevalence of filed teeth in many human burials. Filing of teeth as … Continue reading

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Posted in Africa-General, Burton and Speke, Colonialism, Dark Continent, European explorers, Explorers & exploration, Social Life | Tagged , , , , , , , , , | 5 Comments

Cuisines and Crops of Africa – Imagining Cannibalism in the 19th Century and Now

It is a curious feature of cannibalism in Africa, that it is always practiced by another group – a group that is ‘just over the hill’ – and in that place.  There, it is said, one finds such a practice.  … Continue reading

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Colonial Musings on Mount Cameroon: Out with the Plantains! In with the Coffee & Sugar!

Colonial world views were, on the whole, extraordinary.  Explorers and missionaries marched out to record, save and reorder the world according to notions of Progress that placed Europeans at the apogee of Civilization (self-defined) – and ‘Everyone Else’ pretty far … Continue reading

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Posted in Africa-West, Agriculture, Colonialism, Crop harvests, Environment, Explorers & exploration, Food Security, Richard Burton | Tagged , , , , , , , | 5 Comments

Sorghum Beer Merchants in Mecca, in 1822 and in 1852

[First posted May. 2009,  Revised 17 November 2011] There are several documents that have recently been put on the internet, claiming that Sir Richard Burton did not recognize the earlier trip of John Lewis Burckhardt to Mecca, some 30 years … Continue reading

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Posted in Beer, Explorers & exploration, History-Recent, John Lewis Burckhardt, Middle East, Richard Burton | Tagged , , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment

Sex in the Jungle: Experiences of Victorian Explorers

Although 19th century explorers wrote on any number of topics about their African experiences, sex was not one of them – either about their own experiences or observations amongst groups whom they visited.  Euphemisms, however, were common – such as the … Continue reading

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