The Native Races of the Indian Archipelago; Papuans

The Native Races of the Indian Archipelago; Papuans

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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. 1853 edition. Excerpt: ...survivors entertaining an idea that they have no right to make use of them. After death the body is laid out on a small mat, and supported against a ladder until the relatives of the deceased assemble, which seldom takes place until four days have elapsed; and as decomposition will have commenced before this, the parts where moisture has appeared are covered with lime. Fruitless endeavours to stop the progress of decay! In the meantime, damar or resin is continually burnt in the house, while the guests who have already assembled regale themselves with quantities Of arrack, and of a spirit they themselves prepare from the juice of a fruit, amid violent raving, the discord being increased by the beating of gongs, and the howling and lamentation of the women. Food is offered to the deceased; and when they find he does. not partake of it, the mouth is filled with eatables, siri and arrack, until it runs down the body, and spreads over the floor. FUNEREAL CUSTOMS. 109 When the friends and relatives are all collected, the body is placed upon a bier, on which numerous pieces of cloth have been laid, the quantity being according to the ability of the deceased; and under the bier are placed large dishes of China porcelain, to catch any moisture that may fall from the body. The dishes which have been put to this purpose are afterwards much prized by the Alfoers. The body is then brought out before the house, and supported against a post, when attempts are made to induce it to eat. Lighted segars, arrack, rice, fruit, &c., are again stuffed into its mouth, and the by-standers, striking up a song, demand whether the sight of all his friends and fellow-villagers will not induce the deceased to awaken? At length, when they find all these endeavours to be...show more

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  • Paperback | 70 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 4mm | 141g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • Miami Fl, United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236622707
  • 9781236622709