The Museum Journal, Volumes 1-3

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The Museum, 1910 - Archaeology
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Page 30 - Psalms, containing many notes and semitones." (1, vol. 3, p. 159; 2, vol. 1, p. 125). It is not easy to say what is meant by " notes and semitones." Speaking generally of the Maori, in March, 1770, a note says: I have seen the strokes of fifteen paddles on a side in one of their canoes made with incredible quickness, and yet with such minute exactness of time, that all the rowers seemed to be actuated by one common soul.
Page 31 - ... the necessity that produced it : after the practice has been once begun on one side by hunger, it will naturally be adopted on the other by revenge. Nor is this all ; for though it may be pretended by some who wish to appear speculative and philosophical, that whether the dead body of an enemy be eaten or buried is in itself a matter perfectly indifferent ; as it is, whether the breasts...
Page 30 - Spaniard who has been exposed to the snn; in many not so deep. The women have not a feminine delicacy in their appearance, but their voice is remarkably soft ; and by that, the dress of both sexes being the same, they are principally distinguished: they have, however, like the women of other countries, more airy cheerfulness, and a greater flow of animal spirits, than the other sex.
Page 33 - ... proceed gradually, that they may grow old and honourable together. But though we could not but be disgusted with the horrid deformity which these stains and furrows produced in the " human face divine," we could not but admire the dexterity and art with winch they were impressed.
Page 31 - These considerations will enable us to account, not only for the perpetual danger in which the people who inhabit this country appear to live, by the care which they take to fortify every village, but for the horrid practice of eating those who are killed in battle ; for the hunger of him who is pressed by famine to fight will absorb every feeling and every sentiment which would restrain him from allaying it with the body of his adversary. It may, however, be remarked, that if this account of the...
Page 32 - ... at it in the other : yet leaving this as a point of doubtful disputation, to be discussed at leisure, it may safely be affirmed that the practice of eating human flesh, whatever it may be in itself, is relatively, and in its consequences, most pernicious ; tending manifestly to eradicate a principle which is the chief security of human life, and more frequently restrains the hand of murder than the sense of duty, or even the fear of punishment.
Page 30 - ... the other sex. Their hair, both of the head and beard, is black, and their teeth extremely regular, and as white as ivory : the features of both sexes are good : they seem to enjoy high health ; and we saw many who appeared to be of a great age. The dispositions both of the men and women seemed to be mild and gentle...
Page 33 - ... is also remarkable, that when an intercourse was once established between us, they were very rarely detected in any act of dishonesty. Before, indeed, and while they considered us as enemies, who came upon their coast only to make an advantage of them, they did not scruple by any means to make...
Page 32 - ... murderers by the slight temptations that now make them thieves. If any man doubts whether this reasoning is conclusive, let him ask himself whether in his own opinion he should not be safer with a man in whom the horror of destroying life is strong, whether in consequence of natural instinct unsubdued, or of early prejudice, which has nearly an equal influence, than in the power of a man who, under any temptation to murder him, would be restrained only by considerations of interest; for to these...
Page 32 - House post. and in its consequences, most pernicious; tending manifestly to eradicate a principle which is the chief security of human life, and more frequently restrains the hand of murder than the sense of duty, or even the fear of punishment. "Among those who are accustomed to eat the dead, death must have lost much of its horror; and where there is little horror at the sight of death, there will not be much repugnance to kill.

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