The American Antiquarian and Oriental Journal, Volume 17

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Stephen Denison Peet, J. O. Kinnaman
Jameson & Morse, 1895 - America

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Page 289 - Not long after, early in a morning a great fire was made in a long house, and a mat spread on the one side, as on the other; on the one they caused him to sit, and all the guard went out of the house, and presently came skipping in a great grim fellow: all painted over with coal, mingled with oil, and many snakes
Page 331 - No Indian nation or tribe within the territory of the United States shall be acknowledged or recognized as an independent nation, tribe or power with whom the United States may contract by treaty...
Page 148 - Once more are the gods in counsel; in the darkness, in the night of a desolated universe do they commune together: of what shall we make man? And the Creator and Former made four perfect men ; and wholly of yellow and white maize was their flesh composed. These were the...
Page 148 - And they speak; they consulted together and meditated; they mingled their words and their opinion. And the creation was verily after this wise: Earth, they said, and on the instant it was formed; like a cloud or a fog was its beginning. Then the mountains rose over the water like great lobsters; in an instant the mountains and the plains were visible, and the cypress and the pine appeared. Then was the Gucumatz filled with joy, crying out: Blessed be thy coming O Heart of Heaven, Hurakan, Thunderbolt....
Page 199 - the soul of the world," and supposed to have been its creator. He was depicted as a handsome man, endowed with perpetual youth. A year before the intended sacrifice, a captive, distinguished for his personal beauty, and without a blemish on his body, was selected to represent this deity. Certain tutors took charge of him, and instructed him how to perform his new part with becoming grace and dignity. He was arrayed in a splendid dress, regaled with incense and with a profusion of sweet-scented flowers,...
Page 290 - Till night, neither he nor they did either eate or drinke, and then they feasted merrily, with the best provisions they could make. Three dayes they used this Ceremony ; the meaning whereof they told him, was to know if he intended them well or no. The circle of meale signified their Country, the circles of corne the bounds of the Sea ; and the stickes his Country. They imagined the world to be flat and round, like a trencher, and they in the middest.
Page 290 - ... priest and three on the other. Then all with their rattles began a song, which ended, the chief priest laid down five wheat corns.
Page 235 - ... the earth might not touch the body. In the case of this race the bodies were buried in a crouching position, with the head to the south and the face to the west. There were no traces that the bodies were embalmed. The tomb was an open trench with wooden beams, with the earth thrown in over the body, and corresponded in many respects with the graves found by Schliemann in Мусепге.
Page 309 - The Cherokees in their dispositions and manners are grave and steady; dignified and circumspect in their deportment; rather slow and reserved in conversation; yet frank, cheerful, and humane; tenacious of the liberties and natural rights of man; secret, deliberate and determined in their councils; honest, just and liberal, and ready always to sacrifice every pleasure and gratification, even their blood, and life itself, to defend their territory and maintain their rights.
Page 284 - Before entering it, we saw about twenty small boats full of people, who came about our ship, uttering many cries of astonishment, but they would not approach nearer than within fifty paces; stopping, they looked at the structure of our ship, our persons and dress, afterwards they all raised a loud shout together, signifying that they were pleased.

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