The Earth and Its Inhabitants. the Universal Geography, Ed. by E.G. Ravenstein (A.H. Keane)

The Earth and Its Inhabitants. the Universal Geography, Ed. by E.G. Ravenstein (A.H. Keane)

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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. 1878 edition. Excerpt: ...of the Tree," because he dwells in the ceibas, and to the foot of these gigantic trees in the forest clearings are brought the firstfruits of the harvest and the chase. The earth also is worshipped, but feared as representing the principle of evil. In every village the natives are grouped in confradias, or "brotherhoods," which are evidently organised on the model of the old Aztec calpulli. Each has its tutelar saint, who is feted with much pomp, the male and female "captains" collecting the money required for the costumes, mus-ic, tapers and decorations. Sometimes this costly worship plunges the whole community into debt for months together, but the saint is only all the more highly esteemed. Mimetic dances represent mythological or historical dramas of Indian origin, but since the arrival of the Spaniards more or less modified by tne addition of new legends. Thus in the "Moors' dance " the chief personages are Charlemagne and Tamerlane. There are also the "negroes' ball," and even the "dance of the conquest," the performers on these occasions wearing wooden masks and fantastic garbs of leaves or herbage, and exciting themselves to a pitch of frenzy. Such is the passion and fury of these Bacchanalian dancers that one easily realises the ancient religious ceremonies, when the devotees fell on the palpitating bodies of the victims and devoured their flesh. Conscious of the strength derived from numbers, and even mindful of the evils brought on them by servitude, the Indians have kept aloof from the Ladinos, and have often taken advantage of the local revolutions to rise iu revolt against their oppressors. In 1838, an Indian army, under Rafael Carrera, penetrated victoriously into the capital, ...show more

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  • Paperback | 192 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 10mm | 354g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • Miami Fl, United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236538498
  • 9781236538499