China (2)

China is an idol of the people of Casamanae, on the coast of North Guinea, Africa. In honor of this deity they assemble yearly, about the close of November, at midnight, previous to sowing their rice, take up the idol with great reverence, and go in procession to the appointed station where. sacrifice is to be offered. A quantity of rice being burned, each devotee makes his offering, smokes his pipe, and then all. unite in begging the god to bless their harvest. He is then carried back to his place of residence, in the profoundest silence. This deity is represented by the head of a bullock or ram, carved in wood, or else made of paste of the flour of millet, kneaded with blood, and blended with hair and feathers.

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