From Darkness to Light in Polynesia; With Illustrative Clan Songs

From Darkness to Light in Polynesia; With Illustrative Clan Songs

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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. 1894 edition. Excerpt: ...pi i te po e I Dear little son Tenio, by night Kua keukeu takoto. Painfully tossing from side to side Kua ara i roto ia metua' i, On the lap of thy sleepless mother, Ka eke ai Motorp e! 'Tis the anger of Motoro I te riu i Ivirua' i tara mai--Admonishing his erring worship O te meringa kai ra i topa e.! pers, --'You omitted my accustomed offering!' Papa. Foundation. Te va nei i Vaitepongi, Ah! my home was once in the Te maru nei e tapautu; desolate rocks, O te eketumu ta Kaiara Hidden in the densest thickets; O Tavero e o metua oki Death stared Kaiara in the face. Mau ki te tama e teia e I Thy aunt Tavero was my companion; Here (with Namu) we found shelter and plenty! It is curious that after the lapse of so many (184) years the spot where these poor women were tied up by Mauiki for death is in the possession of. one of their descendants. Kaiara died about the year 1777, from the fall of a green coco-nut. The offending tree was immediately cut down. CHAPTER XXV Manaune's Fortunate Adoption In the olden time, if a man wished to marry he must select a wife from another tribe. To marry into one's own tribe was usually regarded as a heavy offence against the gods. Each clan had its separate gods, customs, traditions, and songs--constituting but one great family, with a single head, and pledged to defend each other to the death. These tribes were almost always at war with each other, so that a man was often compelled to fight against his wife's nearest relatives. In general the boys went with the paternal tribe. One of the most memorable instances of adoption into a hostile tribe was that of Manaune. We have seen that the vanquished tribe of Ruanae, after the battle of Arera, took refuge in the Cave of the Tern, at Ivirua. This cave is very difficult of...show more

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  • Paperback | 102 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 5mm | 195g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • Miami Fl, United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236674790
  • 9781236674791