Narrative of the United States Exploring Expedition: During the Years 1838, 1839, 1840, 1841, 1842

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Lea and Blanchard, 1845 - Antarctica
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Page 101 - Their fondness for it will be understood from the custom they have of sending portions of it to their friends at a distance, as an acceptable present, and the gift is eaten, even if decomposition have begun before it is received. So highly do they esteem this food, that the greatest praise they can bestow on a delicacy is to say that it is as tender as a dead man.
Page 157 - When he has chanted it several times, the other chiefs join him, and they all sing, ' Mana endina sendina le.' A person is then commanded to get up and take the king his ava, after which the singing again goes on. The orator then invokes their principal god, Tava-Sava, and they repeat the names of their departed friends, asking them to watch over and be gracious to them. They then pray for rain, for the life of the king, the arrival of wangara papalangi (foreign ships), that they may have rifches,...
Page 408 - ... who will allow a salvage, or portion of the property so saved, to those who may aid in saving and protecting the same ; and no embezzlement will be permitted under any circumstances whatever.
Page 409 - All magistrates or chiefs of districts, when vessels or boats may visit, shall enforce the rules and regulations relative to the apprehension of deserters, or pay such a fine as the principal chief shall impose.
Page 95 - The missionary did all in his power to prevent so diabolical an act ; but the only reply he received was, that she was their mother, and they were her children, and they ought to put her to death.
Page 220 - These bins are formed by digging a trench in the ground, about two feet in depth, and working up the sides with cocoa-nut logs until they are large enough to contain forty or fifty hogsheads. If the fishery is successful, two of these may be needed. Near the bins are placed the trade-house and trade-stand. In the first the articles with which the fish is purchased are kept, and in the second, the officer in charge of them sits, attended by a trusty and watchful seaman. The stand is elevated, so that...
Page 95 - Mr. Hunt did all in his power to prevent so diabolical an act ; but the only reply he received was, that she was their mother, and they were her children, and they ought to put her to death. On reaching the grave, the mother sat down, when they all, including children, grandchildren, relations, and friends, took an affectionate leave of her ; a rope, made of twisted tapa, was then passed twice around her neck by her sons, who took hold of it, and strangled her; after which she was put into her grave,...
Page 82 - Rokola, his head workman, who picked up some of the people and kept them on board until the waters had subsided ; after which they were again landed on the island. It is reported, that in former times, canoes were always kept in readiness against another inundation. The persons thus saved, eight in number, were landed at Mbenga, where the highest of their gods is said to have made his first appearance. By virtue of this tradition, the chiefs of Mbenga take rank before all others, and have always...
Page 7 - I landed,' with all the officers that could be spared from other duties ; we were received on the beach by Mr. Tucker, and were at once surrounded by a large number of natives. It was impossible not to be struck with the great difference between these people and those we had just left in New Zealand ; nothing of the morose and savage appearance so remarkable there, was seen ; here all was cheerfulness and gaiety; all appeared well-fed and wellformed, with full faces and muscles.
Page 75 - ... heads. The duty of these functionaries is held to be of so sacred a nature, that their hands are tabooed from all other employment, and they are not even permitted to feed themselves.* To dress the head of a chief occupies several hours, and the hair is made to spread out from the head, on every side, to a distance that is often eight inches. The beard, which is also carefully nursed, often reaches the breast, and when a Feejeean has these important parts of his person well dressed, he exhibits...

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