The Belief in Immortality and the Worship of the Dead, Volume 1

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Macmillan, 1913 - Aboriginal Australians - 494 pages
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OCLC Number: 1345975
Related Subjects:(6)
Immortality -- Comparative studies.
Ancestor worship -- Oceania.
Oceania -- Religion.
Oceania -- Social life and customs.
Funeral rites and ceremonies -- Oceania.
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Page 33 - Oh threats of Hell and Hopes of Paradise! One thing at least is certain— This Life flies; One thing is certain and the rest is Lies; The Flower that once has blown for ever dies.
Page 361 - ... lashed together with strips of bark, in the form of a table, with its four feet stuck in the ground. All being quiet, the chief acted as high priest, and prayed aloud thus : " Compassionate father ! here is some food for you ; eat it ; be kind to us on account of it.
Page 372 - That invisible power which is believed by the natives to cause all such effects as transcend their conception of the regular course of nature, and to reside in spiritual beings, whether in the spiritual part of living men or in the ghosts of the dead, being imparted to them, to their names and to various things that belong to them, such as stones, snakes, and indeed objects of all sorts, is that generally known as mana.
Page 91 - have no idea whatever of the existence of any supreme being who is pleased if they follow a certain line of what we call moral conduct, and displeased if they do not do so. They have not the vaguest idea of a personal individual other than an actual living member of the tribe who approves or disapproves of their conduct, so far as anything like what we call morality is concerned
Page 66 - All people will die like the Moon, but unlike the Moon you will not return to life again unless you give me some milk to drink out of your gourd and beer to drink through your straw. If you do this, I will arrange for you to go to the river when you die and to come to life again on the third day.
Page 73 - Because ye have chosen the banana, your life shall be like its life. When the banana-tree has offspring, the parent stem dies; so shall ye die and your children shall step into your place. Had ye chosen the stone, your life would have been like the life of the stone changeless and immortal.
Page 414 - Hunt expressed his surprise to the young man, and asked him how he could deceive him so much by saying his mother was dead, when she was alive and well. He said, in reply, that they had made her deathfeast, and were now going to bury her; that she was old ; that his brother and himself had thought she had lived long enough, and it was time to bury her, to which she had willingly assented, and they were about it now.
Page 401 - ... luck with men, and hogs, and yams. If an axe or a chisel is worn out or broken up, away flies its soul for the service of the gods. If a house is taken down or any way destroyed, its immortal part will find a situation on the plains of Bolotoo : and, to confirm this doctrine, the Fiji people can show you a sort of natural well, or deep hole in the ground, at one of their islands, across the bottom of which runs a stream of water, in which you may clearly perceive the souls of men and women, beasts...
Page 414 - Mm with abuse, and ever afterwards manifested the most deadly hatred towards him. That women should desire to accompany their husbands in death is by no means strange, when it is considered that it is one of the articles of their belief, that in this way alone can they reach the realms of bliss, and she who meets her death with the greatest devotedness will become the favorite wife in the abode of spirits.
Page 414 - ... received was, that she was their mother, and they were her children, and they ought to put her to death. On reaching the grave, the mother sat down, when they all, including children, grandchildren, relations, and friends, took an affectionate leave of her ; a rope, made of twisted tapa, was then passed twice around her neck by her sons, who took hold of it, and strangled her ; after which she was put into her grave, with the usual ceremonies. They returned to feast and mourn, after which she...

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