The Liquid Archive 22

The Liquid Archive

So, we’ve crossed the ocean, entered the city, engineered a water distribution system, constructed water fountains, and collected the fresh water for the homes. Now let’s meet the Tigers and complete the cycle of the water.

The Tigers were a specific class of very low status enslaved African men. The were tasked with carrying the waste water out from the homes for disposal back into the bay. And by waste water, I do mean human waste: urine and feces. They carried the waste in large vessels on their heads and as they moved through the city, it would slop and slosh around, leaking out and dripping down over their bodies. The acid, over time, would permanently stain their skin forming striping patterns and thus, they were called Tigers.