The Caroline Islands: Travel in the Sea of the Little Lands

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Methuen & Company, 1899 - 412 páginas
 

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Página 73 - Ponapean faith. Every village, every valley, hill, or stream has its genius loci, every family its household god, every clan its presiding spirit, every tribe its tutelary deity. Thunder, lightning, rain, storm, wind, fishing, planting, war, festival, harvest, famine, birth, disease, death, all these events and phenomena have their supernatural patron or Master-spirit. The gloomy fancy of the Ponapean peoples the swamp, the reef,- the mountain, and the hanging woods of the inland wilderness with...
Página 146 - the famous 'Bully' Hayes, the modern buccaneer, played fine pranks after losing his beautiful vessel on the reefs, half frightening the lives out of the peaceful Kusaians by landing a number of fierce and warlike Ocean and Gilbert Islanders, who brewed huge quantities of coconut-toddy, and set the whole place in a ferment with their carousals and mad orgies. Night after night they kept it up, alternately drinking and fighting. Murdered men's bodies were picked up on the beach every morning, and the...
Página 78 - Somewhat similar in character would be the semi-Indian ruins of Java, and the Cyclopean structures of Ake, and Chichen-Itza in Yucatan. A series of huge rude steps brings us into a spacious courtyard, strewn with fragments of fallen pillars, encircling a second terraced enclosure with a projecting frieze or cornice of somewhat Japanese type.
Página 73 - Ponapean, peoples the swamp, the reef, the mountain, and the hanging woods of the inland wilderness with hosts of spirits, some beneficent, the greater part malignant. All these Ani are honoured under the guise of some special bird, fish, or tree in which they are supposed to reside, and with which they are identified. These they style their Tan-waar, literally canoe, vehicle or medium (like the Vaa or Vaka of the Polynesians, the Huaca or Vaka of the Peruvians) . Thus the chestnut tree is the medium...
Página 275 - ... are kept three or four unmarried girls, or Mespil, whose business it is to minister to the pleasures of the men of the particular clan or brotherhood to which the building belongs. As with the Kroomen on the Gold Coast, each man, married or unmarried, takes his turn by rotation in the rites through which each girl must pass before she is deemed ripe for marriage. The natives say it is an ordeal or preliminary trial to fit them for the cares and burden of maternity.
Página 357 - Matalanim, when Ponape was under one rule and the great walls of Nan-Tanach, the breakwater of Nan-Moluchai, and the sanctuary of PanKatara and the walled islets near Tomun were built by the divine twin brethren — the aichitects Olo-sipa and Olo-sopa. The last of them, defeated in battle by barbarian hordes from the south, under Icho-Kalakal, perished in the waters of the Chapalap river, near the great harbour, and was turned into a blue fish, the kitul, which to this day is a tabu fish.
Página 304 - ... again there was another set form of words for addressing the king, who was looked up to with great awe, and only addressed in the plural of majesty as " They." The chiefs mingle amongst their tribesmen with great familiarity and affability, which, no doubt, forms a fresh bond of sympathy and union. They all hold together loyally ; offend one, and all are eager to take up his quarrel. If the chief be a kindly hospitable man, his people will follow his example. If he be a rogue and a churl, his...
Página 272 - London, 1863. i. 163. king dies, no work is done for seven days thereafter.8 On the island of Yam, one of the Carolines, the critical occasions when communal taboos, lasting up to six months, are declared include a time of drought, famine, or sickness, and. the death of a chief or famous man. " In short, any great public event is thus celebrated, and, in fact, there is always a tabu in full swing somewhere or other, to the great disgust of the traders, who only see in these enforced holidays an excuse...
Página 19 - Gali1f, are found in the bush, and the nights are brilliant with fireflies glittering in and out of the woods like showers of golden sparks. There are very few birds, however, very few cattle, and no horses on the island. The Uluthi or Mackenzie group lies a little to the northward of Yap. Mokomok or Arrowroot island is the chief port and trading place, with a great trade in copra. The natives have from ancient times been subject to Yap, and they come down every February to pay their tribute.

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