taken...looked at...lusted at.....shown off but all that has come to an end....your home my ancestor home to rest, home to dignity, home to be with your people... the spirits are rejoicing..the drums are beating...time stopped...and started again...properly... No more will they call you an animal, my sister, my beautiful African sister! Perfect in your breasts, hips and thighs.. Welcome home, the spirits are surely dancing! ....just to give everybody a bit of background, Saartjie Baartman was hottentot from South Africa who was taken away by ship in the early 1800's by European explorers who lied to her and told her she could make money by showing off what they called "an enormous behind" and other "abnormal features" she was first taken to London and exhibited as a "freak" in freak shows. Her master would lead her with a chain and she would have to perform animal like movements. She became famous as "the hottento Venus" she would be naked during her parades and the men would glare at what what called her "enlarged genitalia". after a few years she was sold to a circus animal keeper in France who featured Saartjie in a circus routine draped with feathers looking like an Ostrich. A group of scientists took her and perfomed scientific experiments on her to prove what they would later call "proof" that African women were genetically behind or underdeveloped than European women. Saartjie died three months after those experiments. Her ordeal didn't end there. Her brain and private parts were preserved in a Museum for display. her skeleton was kept at the musuem for many years. The South African Government has been in negotiations with the French Government for years. Finally this year they agreed to let Saartjie be brought back to Africa to be buried properly. And to day  She arrived in S.A and a formal ceremony was held for her.... This is a victory For all Africans around the world!