Annals of the New York Academy of Sciences, Volume 25

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Thomas Lincoln Casey, Gilbert Van Ingen, Charles Lane Poor, Edmund Otis Hovey, Ralph Winfred Tower
New York Academy of Sciences., 1917 - Science
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Page 308 - December 28th, 1924, a meeting for the purpose of organizing a linguistic society was held in the American Museum of Natural History, 77th Street and Central Park West, New York City...
Page 275 - ... acts. After having declared their false notions to those present, they ate the animal or bird, and they drank to intoxication, whereupon the wicked sacrifice was brought to an end. Besides that adoration which they gave to the devil, they revered several false gods — one, in especial, called bathala mey capal, whose false genealogies and fabulous deeds they celebrated in certain tunes and verses like hymns. Their whole religion was based on those songs, and they were passed on from generation...
Page 266 - This fundamental agreement of laws, and this general uniformity, prove that the mutual relations of the islands were widespread, and the bonds of friendship more frequent than were wars and quarrels. There may have existed a confederation, since we know from the first Spaniards that the chief of Manila was commanderin-chief of the sultan of Borneo. In addition, documents of the twelfth century that exist testify the same thing.
Page 223 - The early Filipinos had a great horror of theft, and even the most antiFilipino historian could not accuse them of being a thievish race. Today, however, they have lost their horror of that crime. One of the old Filipino methods of investigating theft was as follows: "If the crime was proved, but not the criminal, if more than one was suspected . . . each suspect was first obliged to place a bundle of cloth, leaves, or whatever he wished on a pile, in which the thing stolen might be hidden. Upon...
Page 55 - It is during their period of darkness that all the dead are in action : the gimokud — weak, attenuated, shadowy, as they are conceived to be — work and dance and play and eat in the customary Bagobo manner ; they sow and harvest rice; they dig camotes and cut sugar cane. The rice of Kilut is of immaculate whiteness, and each grain as big as a kernel of corn ; the camotes are the size of a great round pot, and every stick of sugar cane is as large as the trunk of a cocoanut-palm. All night long,...
Page 134 - Kayans, when they select a camphor tree, "if all omens are favorable, and they find that the tree is likely to prove rich in camphor, they plant near their hut a stake, whereof the outer surface has been cut into curled shavings and tufts down the sides and at the top. I suggest as possible that these shavings represent the curling tongues of flame which communicate with the unseen powers).
Page 238 - WW SKEAT: Malay Magic, p. 190. A passage quoted by Skeat from Hugh Clifford's "In Court and Kampong" (p. 47) reveals a like superstition. "It is a common belief among Malays that if a cat be killed he who takes its life will in the next world be called upon to carry and pile logs of wood as big as cocoanut trees, to the number of the hairs on the beast's body. Therefore cats are not killed but if they become too daring in their raids on the hen-coop or the food rack, they are tied to a raft and sent...
Page 272 - Zarathtmra ! with the holy wood in his hand \ the baresma2 in his hand, the holy meat in his hand, 1 The wood for the fire altar. " The baresma (now called barsom) is a bundle of sacred twigs which the priest holds in his hand while reciting the prayers. They were formerly twigs of the pomegranate, date, or tamarind tree, or of any tree that had no thorns, and were plucked with particular ceremonies, which alone made them fit to be used for liturgic purposes (cf.
Page 308 - EDMUND OTIS HOVEY, American Museum Treasurer — HENRY J. COCHRAN, 389 Fifth Avenue Librarian — RALPH W. TOWER, American Museum Editor — EDMUND OTIS HOVEY, American Museum SECTION OF ASTRONOMY, PHYSICS AND CHEMISTRY Chairman — ERNEST E. SMITH, 50 East 41st Street Secretary — VICTOR E. LEVINE, College of Physicians and Surgeons SECTION OF BIOLOGY Chairman — HERMANN VON W. SCHULTE, College of Physicians and Surgeons Secretary — WILLIAM K. GREGORY, American Museum SECTION OF GEOLOGY AND...
Page 95 - set apart seven days when they begin to till their fields, at which time they neither grind any rice for their food, nor do they allow any stranger, during all that time, to enter their villages, for they say that that is the time when they pray to their gods to grant them an abundant harvest.

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