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1000 Warriors Dance.

The phalanx dance of one thousand of the warriors of Mazamboni—a chief holding extensive sway m the district between the edge of the forest and the western shore of the Albert,Nyanza is thus described by Stanley m, hjs :P,aJ"kest Africa :—" The phalanx stood Btlll with spears grounded until a signal from the drums. Katto's big voice was heard breaking out into n, wild triumphant song or chant, and at a particular uplift of note raised his spear, and at once rose a forest of spears high above their heads, and a mighty chorus of voices responded, and the phalanx was seen to move forward, and the earth around my chair, which was a distance of 50 yarfls 1 from the foremost line, shook as. though there was an earthquake. I looked ait the feet of the men and discovered that each man was forcefully stamping the ground and taking forward steps not more than 6 inches long, and it was m this manner that the phalanx moved slowly but irresistibly. The voices rose and fell m sweeping waves of vocal sound, the forest of spears rose and subsided, with countless flashes of polished iron blades a3 they were tossed aloft and lowered again to the hoarse and exciting thunder of the drums. There was accuracy of cadence of voice and roar of drum ; there was uniform uplift and subsidence of the constantly twirling Bpear blades, there was a simultaneous action of the bodies, and as they brought the tremendous weight of 70 tons of flesh with one regular stamp of the feet to the ground, the firm and hard earth echoed the sound round about tremulously. With all these the thousand heads rose and grouped together, rising when venting the glorious volume of energy, drooping with the undertone of wailing murmur of the multitude. As they shouted with faces turned upwards and heads bent back to give the fullest effect to the ascending tempest of voices suggestive of quenchless fury, wrath, and exterminating war, it appeared to inflate every soul with the passion of deadly battle, and every eye of the onlookers glowed luridly, and their right arms with clenched fists were shaken on high as though their spirits were thrilled with the martial strains; but as the heads were turned and bowed to the earth we seemed to feel war's agony, and grief, and woe, to think of tears and widows' wails and fatherless orphans' cries, of ruined hearths, and a desolate land. But, again, as the mass, still steadily drawing nearer, tossed their heads backward, and the bristling blades flashed and clashed, and the feathers gaily rustled, there was aloud snortof defiance and such an exulting and energising storm of sound that man saw only the glorious colours of victory and felt only the proud pulses of triumph."

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1000 Warriors Dance., Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2515, 11 September 1890

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1000 Warriors Dance. Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2515, 11 September 1890

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