A Naturalist's Wanderings in the Eastern Archipelago: A Narrative of Travel and Exploration from 1878 to 1883

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Harper & brothers, 1885 - Ethnology - 536 pages
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Page 75 - The fig-tree, not that kind for fruit renown'd, But such as, at this day, to Indians known, In Malabar or Decan spreads her arms, Branching so broad and long, that in the ground The bended twigs take root, and daughters grow About the mother tree, a pillar'd shade, High overarch'd, and echoing walks between...
Page 299 - We left a land covered with the monotonous interminable forest of the eucalyptus or gum tree, which from the peculiar structure of its leaf affords but little shelter from the tropical sun ; shores fringed with impenetrable mangroves, . . . the natives black, the lowest in the scale of civilised life. . . . We landed on a beach, along which a luxuriant growth of...
Page 59 - Therefore, in a short time they turn all to a mash in the vessel ; and when they have lain thus a good while, so that the fish is reduced to a pap, they then draw off the liquor into fresh jars, and preserve it for use. The masht fish that remains behind is called balachaun, and the liquor poured off is called nukemum.
Page 62 - It permitted me to get quite close, and even to seize it between my fingers ; to my surprise, however, part of the body remained behind . . . adhering, as I thought, to the excreta. ... I looked closely at, and finally touched with the tip of my finger, the excreta to find if it were glutinous. To my delighted astonishment I found that my eyes had been most perfectly deceived, and that the excreta was a most artfully coloured spider lying on its back, with its feet crossed over and closely adpressed...
Page 452 - The price of life or limb was paid, not by the wrong-doer to the man he wronged, but by the family or house of the wrong-doer to the family or house of the wronged. Order and law were thus made to rest in each little group of...
Page 442 - ... continue as long as the hearth was cold. Moreover, he must drink only hot water during the time the army is absent; for every draught of cold water would damp the spirits of 1 RR Marett, "From Spell to Prayer,
Page 308 - ... texture of the skin is by no means coarse ; often rather smooth and soft. In feature the forehead retreats slightly from the prominent superciliary ridges, as seen in profile. En face it, is somewhat flat. In the malar region, in some the cheek-bones are very prominent ; in others, again, they are as little observable. The brows are low, but not conspicuously hairy. The eyes are small and narrow, and in few a slight obliquity is observable.
Page 130 - It is the habit of this bird to make "a large circus, some ten or twelve feet in diameter, in the forest, which it clears of every leaf and twig and branch, till the ground is perfectly swept and garnished. On the margin of this circus there is invariably a projecting branch or high-arched root, at a few feet elevation above the ground, on which the female bird takes its place, while in the ring the male — the male birds alone possess great decoration — shows off all its magnificence for the...

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