An Account of the Natives of the Tonga Islands, in the South Pacific Ocean; With an Original Grammar and Vocabulary of Their Language Volume 2

An Account of the Natives of the Tonga Islands, in the South Pacific Ocean; With an Original Grammar and Vocabulary of Their Language Volume 2

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1817 edition. Excerpt: ... '" six feet long, each managed by one man, who "held it nearly in a vertical position, the upper "end open, but the other end closed by one "of the joints. With this close end the per"formers kept constantly striking the ground, "though slowly, thus producing different notes "according to the different lengths of the in"struments, but all of them of the hollow or "base sort; to counteract which a person kept "striking quickly, and with two sticks, a piece "of the same substance, split and laid along "the ground, and by that means furnishing "a tone as acute as those produced by the "others were grave. The rest of the band, as "well as those who performed upon the bam"boos, sung a slow and soft air, which so "much tempered the harsher notes of the "above instruments, that no by-stander, how"ever accustomed to hear the most perfect "and varied modulations of sweet sounds, "could avoid confessing the vast power and "pleasing effect of this harmony. "The concert having continued about aquar"ter of an hour, twenty women entered the "circle. Most of them had upon their heads "garlands of the crimson flowers of the China "rose, or others; and many of them had or"namented their persons with leaves of trees, "cut with a deal of nicety about the edges. "They made a circle round the chorus, turn"ing their faces toward it, and began by sing"ing a soft air, to which responses were made "by the chorus in the same tone, and these "were repeated alternately. All this while the 'women accompanied their song with several "very graceful motions of their hands towards "their faces, and in...show more

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  • Paperback | 134 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 7mm | 254g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • Miami Fl, United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236643666
  • 9781236643667
  • 2,277,159