(a supposed representation of)
The Cannibal King
The Wonders of the World, 1885 Central Africa.
The author writes he met a women who was carrying the thigh of a human body, just as if she was returning from market with a roast And describes how the natives believed the explorer Du Chaillu to be a God. The picture and description demonstrate all the common tropes of African ethnography, the natives Are always tattooed, cannibals, Sexually depraved and always view the European explorers as gods.
Representing something different to ‘us’… something that opposes the ‘norm’ ‘Othering’