The Complete Works of Thomas Dick, LL. D; Eleven Volumes in Two Volume 1

The Complete Works of Thomas Dick, LL. D; Eleven Volumes in Two Volume 1

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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. 1850 edition. Excerpt: ... though their dispositions were somewhat milder tiian those of the other island were almost equally low in point of moral debasement. Captain Cook, speaking of ihe natives of Otaheite, declares, "They are all arrant thieves, and can pick pockets with the dexterity of the most exDert London blackguard.' "When describing the societies distinguished by the name of Arreoy, he declares, as a characteristic of the female part of the community; t If any of the women happci lobe with child, which in this manner of life, happens less frequently than in ordinary cases, the poor infant is smothered the moment it is born, that it may be nu incumbrance to the father, nor interrupt the mother in the pleasures of her diabolical prostitution."! Another circumstance, staled by ihe same navigator, exhibits their former moral character in a still more shocking point of view. On the approach of war wilh any of the neighbouring islands, or on other interesting occasions, human sacrifices were a universal practice. (t When I described," says this illiifitrious voyager, " the Natibe at Tongabatoo, I mentioned! that, on the approaching sequel of that festival, we had been told that ten men were to be sacrificed. This may give us an idea of the extent of this religious massacre on that island. And though we should suppose, that never more than one person is sacrificed on any single occasion at Otaheite, it is more than probable, that "Jiese occasions happened so frequently, as to maxe a shocking waste of the human race; fori counted no less than forty-nine skulls of former victims, lying beforo the Morai, where we saw one more added to the number. And, as none of these skulls had, as yet, suffered any considerable change from the weather, it...show more

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  • Paperback | 724 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 37mm | 1,270g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • Miami Fl, United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236505670
  • 9781236505675