The King and the People of Fiji: Containing a Life of Thakombau; with Notices of the Fijians, Their Manners, Customs, and Superstitions, Previous to the Great Religious Reformation in 1854

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Wesleyan conference office, 1866 - Fiji - 435 pages
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Page 248 - And whosoever shall not receive you, nor hear your words, when ye depart out of that house or city, shake off the dust of your feet. Verily, I say unto you, It shall be more tolerable for the land of Sodom and Gomorrah in the day of judgment, than for that city.
Page 160 - Negro cast than among the lower orders, agreeable and intelligent ; while his immense head of hair, covered and concealed with gauze, smoke-dried and slightly tinged with brown, gave him altogether the appearance of an eastern Sultan. No garments confined his magnificent chest and neck, or concealed the natural colour of the skin, a clear but decided black ; and in spite of this paucity of attire — the evident wealth which surrounded him showing that it was a matter of choice and not of necessity...
Page 122 - They even prepared food to set before their enemies. They retired to the bush, — their usual place for prayer, — and many a voice was heard there in exulting praise, and many praying for the salvation of their persecutors. The Heathens said, " O, if you Missionaries would go away ! It is your presence that prevents us killing them. If you would go away, you would not have reached Moturiki...
Page 98 - Vewa men, who are truly devoted to God, attended to him continually. They frequently spent whole nights in reading, conversation, and prayer. Two of these young men were, at the time, students in our Institution, and are both now in Circuits. Varani would talk about nothing but religion, either to Heathens or Christians. He was obliged to go to war ; but it was exceedingly against his will. The Lord protected him in a remarkable manner. On one occasion he was ordered to attempt to set fire to a town,...
Page 148 - I happened accidentally to pass by in the course of my morning walk. 4th. — Mr. Lyth is just returned from Bau, where he has been preaching, and relates the following fact : An apostate woman, living in the house of the King, offered in mockery to preach a sermon, ( and forthwith began; but the King, who was till lately very strongly opposed to Christianity, said to her, " You shall not ridicule the lotu here ; religion is true, and a weighty matter, not to be trifled with.
Page 146 - Fiti (so they pronounce the word Feejee). They seem to think that they shall be overcome and submit to it, rather than seek unto the Lord that they may be saved. Their two great obstacles are, — casting off their many wives, and wearing decent clothes to hide their shame. But for these formidable difficulties, many of them would openly avow what they now secretly whisper, — their belief in Christianity. This Pagan King has very little majesty, having little cultivation ; but he has a feeling...
Page 160 - ... wealth which surrounded him showing that it was a matter of choice and not of necessity — he looked ' every inch a King.' The Missionaries said he was a little agitated with the prospect of an interview, but I confess I did not discover it. Not far from him sat his principal and favourite wife, a stout, good-looking woman, with a smiling expression, and her son, Thakombau's heir, a fine boy of eight or nine ; and he was surrounded at a respectful distance by a crowd of crouching courtiers.
Page 160 - It was impossible not to admire the appearance of the chief: of large, almost gigantic size, his limbs were beautifully formed and proportioned ; his countenance, with far less of the negro cast than among the lower orders, agreeable and intelligent; while his immense head of hair, covered and concealed with gauze, smoke-dried and slightly tinged with brown, gave him altogether the appearance of an eastern sultan. No garments confined his magnificent chest and neck, or concealed the natural...
Page 170 - ... honour. I therefore trust that you will give them your serious attention. I will conclude with a request, which I make because I think it will in a very great degree forward those objects : — We must expect that in a short time your father will be numbered with the dead. According to a horrible practice to which I have alluded, many women of his household would be murdered in cold blood on this melancholy occasion. Let me ask, as a personal favour, that you will interpose your authority to...

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