The Araucanians: Or, Notes of a Tour Among the Indian Tribes of Southern Chili

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Harper, 1855 - Araucanian Indians - 335 pages
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Page 312 - There was another slackening, another jerk, and so on, until the "critter" was brought to the desired spot. The next trouble was to loose the captive. Sundry scientific pulls brought him to the ground, and Katrilas, springing forward, stripped the lassos from his horns. But another remained on the tail. That no one would venture to untie, for the bull had risen, and stood glaring frantically around. An Indian, unsheathing his long knife, ran full tilt at the extended tail, and with one blow severed...
Page 255 - Indostan, are accustomed to repeat on their rosaries, tbe syllables horn, ha, hum, or om, am, um, which in some measure corresponds with what we have mentioned of the Chilians. That Chili was originally peopled by one nation appears probable, as all the aborigines inhabiting it, however independent of each other, speak the same language, and have a similar ap3 pearance.
Page 258 - ... horses ; but he intended to send some of his young men to Concepcion in the spring, and he would avail himself of the opportunity to forward me a suitable present. This was but in accordance with established usage, for the Mapuches are essentially a bartering people. Whatever present is made, or favor conferred, is considered as something to be returned ; and the Indian never fails, though months and years may intervene, to repay what he conscientiously thinks an exact equivalent for the thing...
Page 255 - The signification of the three first words is uncertain, and they might be considered as interjections, did not the word pum, by which the Chinese call the first created man, or the one saved from the waters, induce a suspicion, from its similarity, that these have a similar signification. The lamas...
Page 275 - ... Aztecs had a sacred unction, and a holy water, drawn from a sacred spring, and "about his neck is tied a small gourd, containing a certain powder, which is esteemed a strong preservative against disease, sorcery, and treason." 7 "At the entrance to one of the narrow defiles of the Cordilleras . . . a large mass of rock with small cavities upon its surface, into which the Indians, when about to enter the pass, generally deposit a few glass beads, a handful of meal, or some other propitiatory offering...
Page 312 - Thus the two men at the sides were safe, provided that the man behind kept his lasso strained. But a question in the rule of three now arose. If three men catch a bull, one by each horn, and one by the tail, and all pull in different directions, which way can the bull go?
Page 214 - ... understand. Matrimony may follow ; but such a preliminary courtship is by no means considered necessary, nor is the lady's consent deemed of any importance.
Page 311 - Europa through the Phoenician deep, or such an one as might be worshipped on the shores of the Ganges. After a long time he was lassoed, and the horseman, who had literally taken the bull by the horns, started off complacently to lead him to the place of gathering. But his bullship did not take the going as a matter of course; for, with a mad bellow, he charged upon his captor, who, seeing a very formidable pair of horns dashing toward him, started at full gallop, still holding fast the lasso, which...
Page 214 - Similar is the feeling shown by the Arancanian women. "Far from being dissatisfied, or entertaining any jealousy toward the new-comer, she [one of two wives] said that she wished her husband would marry again ; for she considered it a great relief to have some one to assist her in her household duties, and in the maintenance of her husband.
Page 310 - ... and ludicrous scenes. Even when taken, the captives are not easy of management, their attachment for old associates manifesting itself in frequent attempts to return. One particular bull gave great trouble. He was a noble fellow, of spotless white — such an one as bore the beautiful Europa through the Phoenician deep, or such an one as might be worshipped on the shores of the Ganges.

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