The Natural History of Man: Being an Account of the Manners and Customs of the Uncivilized Races of Men, Volume 2

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Home Book Company, 1870 - Ethnology
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Page 88 - Elijah mocked them, and said, Cry aloud: for he is a god; either he is talking, or he is pursuing, or he is in a journey, or peradventure he sleepeth, and must be awaked. And they cried aloud, and cut themselves after their manner with knives and lancets, till the blood gushed out upon them.
Page 293 - ) fill the air, and the god is supposed thus to notify his approach. While giving the answer the priest's eyes stand out and roll as in a frenzy ; his voice is unnatural, his face pale, his lips livid, his breathing depressed, and his entire appearance like that of a furious madman ; the sweat runs from every pore, and tears start from his strained eyes ; after which the symptoms gradually disappear. The priest looks round with a vacant stare, and as the god says,
Page 745 - The dog-eating party occasionally carried a dead dog to theie pupil, who forthwith commenced to tear it in the most dog-like manner. The party of attendants kept up a low, growling noise, or a whoop, which was seconded by a screeching noise made from an instrument which they believe to be the abode of a spirit.
Page 496 - This pulp is the eatable part, and its consistence and flavour are indescribable. A rich butter-like custard highly flavoured with almonds gives the best general idea of it, but intermingled with it come wafts of flavour that call to mind cream-cheese, onion-sauce, brown sherry, and other incongruities.
Page 88 - Neither shall men tear themselves for them in mourning, to comfort them for the dead ; neither shall men give them the cup of consolation to drink for their father or for their mother.
Page 441 - Islands, yet, as they differed in some particulars, it may not be improper to give a short account of them. We found a vast concourse of people assembled on a level spot of ground, at a little distance from our tents. A long space was left vacant in the midst of them, at the upper end of which sat the judges, under three standards, from which hung slips of cloth of various colours, the skins of two wild geese, a few small birds, and bunches of feathers.
Page 719 - ... chord of an Eolian harp ; this was soon changed to a rapid hiss like that of a rocket, and Toolemak, with a yell, announced his return. I had held my breath at the first distant hissing, and twice exhausted myself, yet our conjuror did not once respire, and even his returning and powerful yell was uttered without a previous stop or inspiration of air.
Page 312 - ... over, then a third in the same way ; and the substance is now three layers in thickness. Others are then added to increase it in length and breadth, by pasting the edges of these over the first, but not so as there shall be in any place more than three folds, which is easily managed, as the margin of one layer falls short of the margin of the one under it. During the whole process each layer is stamped separately, so that the pattern may be said to exist in the very substance of the gnatoo ;...
Page 4 - Strange as it may appear, I would refer to an Australian as the finest model of the human proportions I have ever met with ; in muscular development combining perfect symmetry, activity, and strength ; while his head might have compared with an antique bust of a philosopher.
Page 117 - Tangaroa ! 0 hiki Tangaroa! Strike that the chisel as it cuts along may sound. 0 hiki Tangaroa ! Men do not know the skill of the operator in driving his sounding chisel along. 0 hiki Tangaroa...

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