Bishop Museum Handbook Volume 1

Bishop Museum Handbook Volume 1

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1915 edition. Excerpt: ...certain is known of their history. The large plaster cast is of a stone god that formerly stood at a. gateway in Kahuku, Oahu, where the present writer has seen offerings made to it (in 1864). The original is now in the great museum in Berlin, and the cast was a gift from the German Government. No. 155 hardly belongs to the class of idols, but from its supposed creative powers may be included in this case. These breeding stones are worked as follows: a stone of each sex is placed in a common kapa, a prayer is uttered over them and they are consigned to a dark place where, in the fulness of time they produce a family of gravel stones! In examining the model of the heiau constructed by Mr. Stokes the printed label should be studied. The whole subject of ancient Hawaiian worship is of great interest and will, it is hoped, be treated more at large in the near future by a fully illustrated memoir.. Amusements.--If the ancient Hawaiians were a priest-ridden people and had small liberty under their alii or chiefs, they certainly had enough ' legitimate amusements to keep them light-hearted and happy. The most general relaxation was the /zula or dance, and although in later days the hula became the handmaid of licentiousness, it was not always so. While we may not agree with some write s that it was the religion of the common people, it was true that it had its place in the liturgical service, and was as much a part of it as the processions and posturings of Christian churches. Many of the chief women took an active part in the exercise, and even the proud Kaahumann was in her youth renowned as a hula dancer. This is not the place to enlarge upon the hula in its variations, nor indeed upon other games or sports except so far as is needful...show more

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  • Paperback | 30 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 2mm | 73g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236835808
  • 9781236835802