Head For Home

The severed head of Ghanaian King Badu Bonsu II, who was executed by colonialists in the 1880’s, was flown back home late on Friday to a solemn traditional ceremony.

A group of tribal leaders who received the bottled head from Dutch authorities a day earlier, were met at Kotoka international airport by government officials and members of the beheaded king’s clan.

The king, who was leader of Ghana’s Ahanta group, is believed to have been decapitated in retaliation for the killing of two Dutch emissaries.  His head was taken back to the Netherlands and has been preserved for 170 years in formaldehyde, among the anatomy collection of Dutch’s Leiden University Medical Centre.

After tracing its whereabouts, Ghana went to claim the head last year saying if it remained unburied, the king would be incomplete and therefore “hunted in the afterlife”.  —News24.com

chocolate_meltedAmazing what you can find in a bottle these days.

“In returning the King to his home, the people of Dutchland have righted a wrong,” said a spokesman for the tribe through an interpreter (who might have translated it slightly wrongish).  “The Dutch have given good head.”  (Not so slightly wrongish.)

Upon learning the alcoholic content of the formaldehyde preservative, the tribe joked that the king’s head was kept “in good spirits.”

3There was no discussion of the whereabouts of the rest of the King, but a Ghanaian ambassador speculated that those “savage squat hairy bastards with the funny wigs and short pants probably ate it.”   Informed that the Dutch never practiced cannibalism, the ambassador snorted derisively.  “They’re slavers,” he said.  “For centuries, my ancestors were the secret ingredient of Dutch Chocolate — why do you suppose it’s so sweet?”

The question is, Why now, after 170 years?   Touten van Houten from the medical center told reporters that the head no longer had scientific value, and was just a rather ghoulish historic oddity, “like so much of our colonial history.  Ever been in Manhattan?”

Photo credits: 2 varieties of Dutch Chocolate

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4 Responses to Head For Home

  1. "Esq" A Lawyer says:

    Hmmm. I’m a bit troubled by the second Dutch chocolate photo. How old is that admittedly lovely young lady?

  2. Dutch Masters says:

    The bleeding arrogance of these people. We give them their head back and they have nothing but insults for us. They conveniently forgot that the reason we took ths sonofabitch’s head to begin with is because those scumbags slaughtered two of our emissaries — and where did they put THOSE heads, huh?

    Is it too late to get the slave trade going again?

  3. Lois Terms says:

    If this news had broken before he died, Michael Jackson would probably put in a bid for it.

  4. Ms Calabaza says:

    I hate it when people lose their heads this way …

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