On Wed, 22 Nov 2017 10:18:30 -0500, Nancy Gish <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
>My question was not about what Eliot wrote about crucifixion or what any
>commentators said but whether there is any historic evidence of such an
>execution by "natives" anywhere in Africa.
Understood. I searched when you asked but I didn't find anything in a reasonable time. I did find the following though for whatever it's worth.
The Twenty-Six Martyrs of Japan were a group of Roman Catholics who were executed by crucifixion on February 5, 1597, at Nagasaki. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/26_Martyrs_of_Japan
Also (fake news?): http://www.google.com/search?q=isis+crucifixion+beheading
Anyway I don't see how that pertains to Eliot. What did Eliot know 70 years ago? Eliot was prompted to write about Celia's fate and he probably didn't want to spend too much time on it since he already wrote something that didn't. So he made her a Christian matryr and the easiest way to get the point across was a crucifixion. So then he made up a place where the audience wouldn't resist seeing this happening. As for the ants, I just offer up the thought that having the body essentially disappear after cruxifiction is somewhat Christ-like. Also, if the body is nowhere then it might as well be anywhere (which is my thought on Phlebas.)