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IDEAS SUGGESTED BY THE FEAST OF CALABASHES鈥擨NACCURACY OF CERTAIN PUBLISHED ACCOUNTS OF THE ISLANDS鈥擜 REASON鈥擭EGLECTED STATE OF HEATHENISM IN THE VALLEY鈥擡FFIGY OF A DEAD WARRIOR鈥擜 SINGULAR SUPERSTITION鈥擳HE PRIEST KOLORY AND THE GOD MOA ARTUA鈥擜MAZING RELIGIOUS OBSERVANCE鈥擜 DILAPIDATED SHRINE鈥擪ORY-KORY AND THE IDOL鈥擜N INFERENCE?
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But that which was most remarkable in the appearance of this splendid islander was the elaborate tattooing displayed on every noble limb. All imaginable lines and curves and figures were delineated over his whole body, and in their grotesque variety and infinite profusion I could only compare them to the crowded groupings of quaint patterns we sometimes see in costly pieces of lacework. The most simple and remarkable of all these ornaments was that which decorated the countenance of the chief. Two broad stripes of tattooing, diverging from the centre of his shaven crown, obliquely crossed both eyes鈥攕taining the lids鈥攖o a little below each ear, where they united with another stripe which swept in a straight line along the lips and formed the base of the triangle. The warrior, from the excellence of his physical proportions, might certainly have been regarded as one of Nature鈥檚 noblemen, and the lines drawn upon his face may possibly have denoted his exalted rank.!
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Now, when the scientific voyager arrives at home with his collection of wonders, he attempts, perhaps, to give a description of some of the strange people he has been visiting. Instead of representing them as a community of lusty savages, who are leading a merry, idle, innocent life, he enters into a very circumstantial and learned narrative of certain unaccountable superstitions and practices, about which he knows as little as the islanders themselves. Having had little time, and scarcely any opportunity, to become acquainted with the customs he pretends to describe, he writes them down one after another in an off-hand, haphazard style; and were the book thus produced to be translated into the tongue of the people of whom it purports to give the history, it would appear quite as wonderful to them as it does to the American public, and much more improbable.
This staple article of food among the Marquese islanders is manufactured from the produce of the bread-fruit tree. It somewhat resembles in its plastic nature our bookbinders鈥 paste, is of a yellow colour, and somewhat tart to the taste.
NOTHING can be more uniform and undiversified than the life of the Typees; one tranquil day of ease and happiness follows another in quiet succession; and with these unsophisicated savages the history of a day is the history of a life. I will, therefore, as briefly as I can, describe one of our days in the valley.
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21 August, 2019 - 13:08
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