The Encyclopædia Britannica, Vol. 10: A Dictionary of Arts, Sciences, and General Literature (Classic Reprint)
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The Pan, w ose name appears under the various forms of Fanwe, Psnwe, 11; figurines, sreﬂpewfeomers to the Gaboon distract. T appeared ere orthefirsttimein1842. They are dzz'rrhed es of mean height, chocolate complexion, and remsrhhl regular features. Their reputation as eannrbels is evi dently w founded; but the seem to partake of human ﬂesh rather as s ceremonial observance as an ordinary means of nourish ment, and both Winwood Beads and Captain Burton speslr in favourable terms of their general chersctenstics. They are shlful workers in and manufacture cross-bows which disch poisoned darts 20 or 50 yards. Tattooing is practised by hot sexes, and the women often stain the whole bod red or yellow. The tribe hes come very little into contact with uropeans, but it is moving towards the coast, and will probably before long be the dominant race in the Gaboon.
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