Polynesian Researches During a Residence of Nearly Eight Years in the Society and Sandwich Islands, Volume 1

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Fisher, Son & Jackson, 1831 - Ethnology - 414 pages
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Page 331 - Of echoing hill or thicket have we heard Celestial voices, to the midnight air, Sole, or responsive...
Page 115 - He, having willed to produce various beings from his own divine substance, first with a thought created the waters, and placed in them a productive seed : that seed became an egg bright as gold, blazing like the luminary with a thousand beams ; and in that egg he was born himself, in the form of Brahma, the great forefather of all spirits.
Page 59 - Sometimes unite; the Indian nut* alone Is clothing, meat and trencher, drink and can, Boat, cable, sail, and needle, all in one.
Page 77 - Taaroa had made the world and mankind, he created the quadrupeds of the earth, the fowls of the air, and the fishes of the sea...
Page 115 - The waters are called nara, because they were the production of Nara, or the Spirit of God ; and, since they were his first ayana, or place of motion, he is thence named Narayana, or, moving on the waters.
Page 116 - In that egg the great power sat inactive a whole year of the Creator, at the close of which, by his thought alone, he caused the egg to divide itself. And from its two divisions he framed the heaven above, and the earth beneath ; in the midst, he placed the subtle ether, the eight regions, and the permanent receptacle of waters.
Page 40 - ... place a layer of the fruit, then stones, leaves, and fruit alternately, till the hole is nearly filled, when leaves and earth to the depth of several inches are spread over all. In rather more than half an hour, the bread-fruit is ready ; ' the outsides are, in general, nicely browned, and the inner part presents a white or yellowish cellular pulpy substance, in appearance slightly resembling the crumb of a wheaten loaf.
Page 87 - They divided the year into two seasons, of the Matarii, or Pleiades. The first they called Matarii i nia, Pleiades above. It commenced when, in the evening, these stars appeared on or near the horizon; and the half year, during which, immediately after sunset, they were seen above the horizon, was called Matarii i nia. The other season commenced when, at sunset, the stars were invisible, and continued until at that hour they appeared again above the horizon, This season was called Matarii i raro,...
Page 261 - The forehead and the back of the head, of the boys, were pressed upwards, so that the upper part of the skull appeared in the shape of a wedge. This, they said, was done, to add to the terror of their aspect, when they should become warriors.
Page 229 - With the exception of one or two, they have all, however, been discontinued, especially among the adults ; and the number of those followed by the children is greatly diminished. This is, on no account, matter of regret. When we consider the debasing tendency of many, and the inutility of others, we shall rather rejoice that much of the time of the adults is passed in more rational and beneficial pursuits.

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