Sunlight masks a sober sculpture
The cruel shadowed history of slavery
Men and women, wrapped in chains
Trapped in dark cellars
Whipped to test endurance
Silence increasing their price
Shipped far away
A legacy of lost heritage
Pain, Courage, Endurance
This is written and inspired by my friend Kristin and all her fellow African Americans whose ancestors suffered similar fates.
This memorial to the slaves is in Stone Town, Zanzibar. The site of the old whipping point is behind the altar of the Anglican Cathedral, and the former cellars under a nearby building.
This post is my contribution to this week’s Shadow Shot Sunday.
It’s that time of year when chefs and cooks around the world turn their minds to the Christmas cooking. Since Christmas cakes and Christmas puddings rely on the delicious spices originally brought back to Europe from Asia and Zanzibar, what better time to share some photos of the spices in their natural habitat in Zanzibar, once known as part of the Spice Islands.
You can compare the images with the spices listed in my Christmas cake recipe from my other blog.
While holidaying in Zanzibar, and en route to the north-eastern beach at Ras Nungwi, we did a spice tour. It was really fun as well as informative. The guys made it really enjoyable by testing our knowledge of the plants from smell and taste, and along the way made us hats, necklaces, dilly bags, and glasses.
Cloves, not yet ripened.
Peeling bark from the cinnamon tree.
Do you recognise any of these plants, or do you use them in your Christmas cooking? Each and every one is in my Christmas cake recipe but the star is….
Green peppercorns are picked and dried before they ripen.
Now where’s my Cointreau?
Mind you I find it somewhat ironic that all these spices, so integrally associated with Christmas, can be found on the largely Islamic island of Zanzibar.
The travellers in our Spice Farm accessories.
This week’s Sepia Saturday 203 features doorways, especially with people standing in them.
I haven’t trawled my personal/family photos for a suitable one and chose instead to focus on some recent travel photos which “fit the bill”. All were taken in Zanzibar, famous for its amazingly carved doors.
Many Zanzibar doors have small doors built within the larger door.
And then there’s the colonial influence in the attire of this hotel’s doorman.
I love a semi-closed doorway -always makes me wonder what’s behind it.
Do go and check out what the other Sepians have written for Sepia Saturday 203
The restaurant and bar of our Stone Town hotel was on the roof terrace with a wonderful view over the harbour: just perfect for a pre-dinner drink as the sun set. The building profiled here is the House of Wonders, formerly a sultan’s palace. Along the waterfront, near the Forodhani Gardens, young boys were taking running leaps and diving into the water.
Why not skip over to see what others have posted for Shadow Shot Sunday this week.