An Account of the Natives of the Tonga Islands in the South Pacific Ocean: With an Original Grammar and Vocabulary of Their Language


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Side 213 - Ye shall not round the corners of your heads, neither shalt thou mar the corners of thy beard. 28 Ye shall not make any cuttings in your flesh for the dead, nor print any marks upon you : I am the LORD.
Side 165 - it must not be supposed that these women are always easily won; the greatest attentions and the most fervent solicitations are sometimes requisite, even though there be no other lover in the way...
Side 102 - ... or gods; but the moment a hog or bird is killed another living hog or bird immediately comes into existence to supply its place, the same as with the fruits and flowers, and this as far as they know or suppose, is the only mode of propagation of plants and animals. The island of Bolotoo is supposed to be so far off as to render it dangerous for their canoes to attempt going there, and it is supposed moreover, that even if they were to succeed in reaching so far, unless it happened to be the particular...
Side 139 - Neither will our opinion of their notions of moral virtue be exalted, when, on a strict examination of their language, we discover no words essentially expressive of some of the higher qualities of human merit, as virtue, justice, humanity ; nor of the contrary, as vice, injustice, cruelty, &c. They have indeed expressions for these ideas, but they are equally applicable to other things.
Side 298 - ... their fingers, repeating some words in conjunction with the chorus. Toward the end, as the quickness of the music increased, their gestures and attitudes were varied with wonderful vigour and dexterity ; and some of their motions, perhaps, would, with us, be reckoned rather indecent.
Side 312 - The boxers advance side-ways, changing the side at every pace, with one arm stretched fully out before, the other behind ; and holding a piece of cord in one hand, which they wrap firmly about it, when they find an antagonist, or else have done so before they enter. This, I imagine, they do, to prevent a dislocation of the hand or fingers. Their blows are directed chiefly to the head ; but sometimes to the sides ; and are dealt out with great activity. They shift sides, and box equally well with...
Side 184 - ... with his arms considerably extended, he brings his right hand towards his breast, moving it gradually onwards, and whilst his left hand is coming round towards his right shoulder, his right hand partially twisting the...
Side 293 - ... he had acquired in two or three huzzas. This entertainment was now and then suspended for a few minutes. During these intervals there were both wrestling and boxing matches. The first were performed in the same manner as at Otaheite, and the second differed very little from the method practised in England.
Side 311 - ... cadence. After sitting a short space, he rises again and challenges ; when sometimes several antagonists make their appearance ; but he has the privilege of choosing which of them he pleases to wrestle with ; and has likewise the preference of challenging again, if he should throw his adversary, until he himself be vanquished; and then the opposite side sing the song of victory in favour of their champion. It also often happens, that five or six rise from each side, and challenge together; in...
Side 315 - ... of the accompanying gesture, but also of the singing. The chorus is composed of ten or twelve of the chiefs or principal matabooles, in the middle of whom sits one who beats time upon a loose flat piece of hard wood, about three feet long, and an inch and a half square, fastened only at one end upon another similar piece: this is struck by two small sticks, one in each hand, and produces a rattling sound.

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