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Gbudwe

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Gbudwe was an Azande ruler in Sudan in 1870 - 1905. His real name was Mbio - which means a kind of small antelope - but this was obviously not good enough for him, because he changed it to the one by which he is better known, and which has the meaning of "to tear out a man's intestines". Edward Evan Evans-Pritchard quotes a description of Gbudwe by an Azande who had known him: "Gbudwe was a short man, though not excessively short... he was stout also... His breasts protruded like those of a woman... His eyes were little protruding eyes, and they sparkled like stars. When he looked at a man in anger they were terrible; then they went grey like ashes... When he approached people from afar you could not mistake Gbudwe. He was a marvellous prince." He was unusual among Azande kings in preferring to lead from the front, and as a young man he often took part in the fighting in person. He possessed a magic whistle, which was said to guarantee victory if blown before a battle. He encouraged his men to eat the Arabs they killed - although cannibalism was probably not normal Azande practise - and is recorded as having derived great amusement from a present consisting of a bag filled with the  ( Wikipedia article )

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