Ainu Economic Plants (Google eBook)

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1898 - Botany
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Page xxvi - OFFICERS. ART. IX. The Officers of the Society shall be : A President. Two Vice-Presidents. A Corresponding Secretary. Two Recording Secretaries. . A Treasurer. A Librarian. COUNCIL.
Page 107 - For a lack of psychic development has made of these seemingly diverse elements a homogeneous whole. Both, of course, are aboriginal, instincts. Next to the fear of natural phenomena, in point of primitiveness, comes the fear of one's father ; as children and savages show.
Page 197 - Ryobu trance, the brandishing it about, and the bringing it down again, before or above the face as the case may be, in no less arbitrary a way, are all but so many self-suggestions originally, crystalized now into unchanging custom. The god might act very differently without casting consequent doubt upon his divinity and in the revived Shinto trances, as we have seen, he does do so. It is an interesting fact that the base of the forehead between the eyes should have been discovered to be a favorable...
Page 268 - Some clubs have to interview the gods once -a month on such matters; others manage to get iilong on two questionings a year, at the two great semiannual festivals. This is probably due to club-temperament just as it suffices some people to ask a question once for all while others have to be perpetually putting it under indistinguishably different forms. In addition to this routine work there are the inevitable extras: the unavoidable illnesses, all of which have to be cured by divine prescription,...
Page 185 - Once more he relapsed into his lethargy and once more he was roused and answered. When he had fallen into his comitose condition for the third time, the maeza, after a sort of benedicite, made the sign of a Sanscrit character on his back and slapped him energetically on top of it. One of the shiten stood by ready with a cup of water and, the moment he had come to enough, put it to his lips and helped him to drink. Under this treatment he gradually revived but it took some kneading before the wand...
Page 245 - Speaking profanely, they are peripatetic picnic parties, faintly flavored with piety ; just a sufficient suspicion of it to make them palatable to the godly half of very human gods. For a more mundanely merry company than one of these same pilgrim bands on the march it would be hard to meet, and to put up at an inn in the next room to one of them is to seem present at a ball. They are far more the "joly compagnie " of " fayerie " Chaucer tells us of than the joyless " lymytours
Page 250 - ... of the less lucky, under the guidance of their revered president. This individual being presumably the holiest man in the club, if not the actual author of its being, is clothed from the start with a certain fatherly prestige. His importance is heightened by his having made the pilgrimage several times before. In fact he goes usually every year. On the road he acts as guide, philosopher and friend, expounding the wonders of the way to the simpler brethren who believe it all and when they get...
Page 172 - The two front ones also have the charge of the paraphernalia and the iiambo the care of the patient. In addition to these six there is a deputy maeza and a sort of clerk of court. The impersonality of these names is worth noting. It is the post not the person that is designated.
Page 209 - Ainu the mistletoe is supposed to have the power of making the gardens bear plentifully. When used for this purpose the leaves are cut up into fine pieces, and after having been prayed over, are sown with the millet and other seeds ; a little also being eaten with the food. Barren...
Page 273 - ... pawn. When a Loochooan dies, a mosquito-net is hung over the body, and curtains are drawn all around, so that none may see in. The weeping relatives relieve guard, one by one, in the chamber of death. The funeral is attended not only by the family, but by other mourners, who, said to have been originally the servants of allied families, have in modern times developed into a professional class who earn a livelihood by simulating transports of grief. I had heard much about these funerals both from...

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