Narrative of the United States Exploring Expedition: During the Years 1838, 1839, 1840, 1841, 1842, Volume 3

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Page 158 - Every time this is repeated, they raise their voices until they reach the highest pitch, and conclude with ' 0-ya-ye,' which they utter in a tone resembling a horrid scream. This screech goes the rounds, being repeated by all the people of the koro, until it reaches its farthest limits, and, when it ceases, the king drinks his ava. All the chiefs clap their hands with great regularity while he is drinking ; and after he has finished his ava, the chiefs drink theirs without any more ceremony. The...
Page 95 - The missionary did all in his power to prevent so diabolical an act ; but the only reply he received was, that she was their mother, and they were her children, and they ought to put her to death.
Page 408 - Feejees for the purpose of obtaining supplies and for commerce, and with their officers and crews, so long as they shall comply with these regulations, and behave themselves peaceably, shall receive the protection of the Kings and chiefs.
Page 157 - Yango-na ei ava," somewhat like a muezzin in Turkey, though not from the housetop. To this the people answer, from all parts of the koro, " Mama," (prepare ava.) The principal men and chiefs immediately assemble together from all quarters, bringing their ava-bowl and avaroot to the mbure, where they seat themselves to talanoa, or to converse on the affairs of the day, while the younger proceed to prepare the ava.
Page 47 - I may call them, is that in gaining them, it is but an instant from the time the sea is left until security is found equal to that of an artificial dock ; this is particularly the case with the harbour of Levuka.
Page 136 - All the party were now much affected. Kania, the king, seated himself on the right side of Vendovi, taking hold of his arm, while Navumialu placed himself on the left. Phillips walked up and down in front. All shed tears, and sobbed aloud, while conversing in broken sentences with their brother. The natives shed tears also, and none but Ngaraningiou remained unmoved. The king kissed the prisoner's forehead, touched noses, and turned away. The inferior chiefs approached and kissed his hands, whilst...
Page 409 - These regulations shall be printed, promulgated, and a copy furnished to the master of each vessel visiting these islands. Done in council by the principal chiefs of the Feejee Group, this 14th day of May, AD 1840. TANOA, his X mark, King and Principal Chief of Ambau, and the adjacent districts and islands. In presence of WM. L. HUDSON, Commanding US Ship Peacock.
Page 101 - There can be no question that, although it may have originated as a sacred rite, it is continued in the Feejee Group for the mere pleasure of eating human flesh as a food. Their fondness for it will be understood from the custom they have of sending portions of it to their friends at a distance, as an acceptable present, and the gift is eaten, even if decomposition have begun before it is received. So highly do they esteem this food, that the greatest praise they can bestow on a delicacy is to say...
Page 389 - Their mode of carrying burdens is to suspend them with cords from the ends of a stick; this is laid across the shoulders, and so accustomed are they to carry the load in this manner that they will sometimes increase the weight by adding a heavy stone in order to balance it. The stick on which they carry their load is made of the Hibiscus tiliaceus, which is light and tough.
Page 197 - ... of the hill and the beach. A small brook of fresh water, three feet wide by two deep, passes so close to the basin, that one hand may be put into a scalding spring, and the other in water of the temperature of 75. That of the spring stands at 200 to 210. The waters join below, and the united stream stands at 145, which diminishes in temperature until they enter the sea.

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