Fascinating! I believe the wine they made is still done today too.Some time ago I reported on a visit to the Benedictine monastery of St. Ottilien, near Munich.
The present abbey was founded in 1898 by Cassian Spiß to missionize the - at that time non-Christian - population of Ungoni(Ruvuma Region). In 1931 Peramiho became a territorial abbey and thus the centre of the Benedictine mission in the southwest of today's Tanzania.
I asked the archivist of the monastery to pick out some hunting photos from the old days and he was kind enough to do so.
I would like to thank brother David for this (the address of a monk is brother, I did not know if this also applies to "civilians", but they did not hold it against me).
For all those interested in the history of this country, the monastery is a treasure trove of the first order.
I got the permission to take these pictures here and maybe one or the other of you will enjoy them as much as I did.
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two old warriors.
Maneater (lions and leopards) were a permanent problem, once they did not eat people, they robbed the station's cattle.
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The back of the photos is full of anger and fright against the lions
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The monks were generally good marksmen, almost all of them had military training.
During the war they were only used for sanitation purposes
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You may not think it possible, but 100 -120 years ago, there were more nuns than monks in Tanzania.
What courage and even more trust in God these ladies had to muster.
Unspeakable diseases, hunger, riots and more than 10,000 kilometres away from home to train people in handicrafts and schools and to spread the word of God, we can no longer imagine that time.
Here a nun with a self firing device (right word ?).
Again and again lions that made trouble.
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What a joy.
Young monk with a strong cape buffalo.
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Born to be wild
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Monk with an eland.
Does anyone recognise the rifle?
It was interesting to hear that the leadership of the mission took place in the monastery St.Ottilien (1 hour drive from Munich today)
But the military operations during the Kaiserreich of Wilhelm II. were not planned in Berlin (Arab riots on the coast and Sansibar,Wahehe,Maji Maji .....) but in Ingolstadt !!! (today the center of AUDI cars )
There is a military museum there, that I would like to visit.
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Leopard in the trap.
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a lion killed by spear in the eye.
On the back of the photo
"this is the lion that ate our carpenter Sebastian".
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-use enough gun
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Lions were a real plague for the people in that times
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these could be two Wanderobos warrior,
Wanderobos were impoverished Massai.
So ,and now I let it go.
I hope you have some joy, to see some hunting pictures from really old Africa.