The Journal of the Polynesian Society, Volumes 17 à 20

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Polynesian Society, 1908

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Page 121 - Behold, Lord, the half of my goods I give to the poor, and if I have wrongfully exacted aught of any man I restore fourfold. And Jesus said unto him, To-day is salvation come to this house, forasmuch as he also is a son of Abraham : for the Son of Man came to seek and to save that which was lost.
Page 135 - The hula was a religious service, in which poetry, music, pantomime, and the dance lent themselves, under the forms of dramatic art, to the refreshment of men's minds. Its view of life was idyllic, and it gave itself to the celebration of those mythical times when gods and goddesses moved on the earth as men and women and when men and women were as gods. As to...
Page 140 - Maori weapons, not omitting the ki-tao or reo-tao, charms repeated over weapons to give them mana, power or prestige. Mr. John White, the author of the " Ancient History of the Maori," was at Waitara in 1860 as interpreter to HM forces, and whilst there gathered many notes on the history, etc., of the Ati-Awa people. In a long letter of his (known to be his but not under his name) published in the " Taranaki Herald," 9th and 16th June, 1860, in which he writes of the causes of the war of the " sixties...
Page 188 - Makare was the name of the captain. One of the chiefs who went on board, named Tamarua, reported that they had taro swamps and young banana trees, besides young bread-fruit trees and many packages of anae, with stones also.
Page vi - M. Crompton Smith, WL Newman, W. Kerr, JB Roy, RC Hughes, JH Parker, and M. Fraser, being present. The minutes of the last annual meeting were read and confirmed ; and the annual report and balance sheet for 190" were then passed, and ordered to be printed in the next number of the JOUENAL.
Page 140 - they exactly resembled the Mangaians in person, dress, and customs ; that they had heard of the overthrow of idolatry on Rarotonga and Mangaia, and that they were waiting, with expectation, some foreign teachers to visit them.
Page 110 - The besieging Ati-Awa now set to work and built an outer palisading and earthworks around Puke-rangi-ora, and closely pressed the inmates, besides cutting off all communications and food supplies. This shutting up the garrison within the pa gave rise to the name the siege is generally known by, ' Raihe-poaka,' or 'the pigsty.' This was adding insult to injury.
Page 219 - ... rare occurrence as they are generally supposed to be. WW SMITH. [211] The Moa. In a footnote to " Sketches of Ancient Maori Life," page 127, new edition, Mr. JA Wilson says : — " The ancient inhabitants hunted the Moa until it became extinct. The last bird was killed with a taiaha by a man at Tarawera. The habits of the Moa are described as solitary, living in pairs in secluded valleys in the depths of the forest, near a running stream. It fed on shoots, roots, and ferns, and was particularly...
Page 47 - Besides this, however, the tamafafine really exercises great influence in all family matters, owing to the Samoan superstition that the wrath of the sister or her descendants may bring disaster upon the family, and it may as well be mentioned here at once that in this way not infrequently power is brought to bear against well-grounded claims for inheritance. A general term for tamatane and tamafafine is sult (heirs expectant in a wider sense).
Page 45 - Ina side line. The forbidden degree is not fixed. If the common origin lies so far back that the relationship is almost forgotten, the marriage is no longer regarded as illegal. The reason of the impediment is on account of the holiness of the relationship of brother to sister, which is called...

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