Natural History of the Human Species; Its Typical Forms, Primaeval Distribution Filiations & Migrations

Natural History of the Human Species; Its Typical Forms, Primaeval Distribution Filiations & Migrations

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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. 1859 edition. Excerpt: ...and that these had been crossed and re-crossed may be presumed, even in case the assertion of Chinese scholarsi that America was known by the name of Fu-sang, and mentioned in the great annals of the celestial empire, down to the fifth century of our era, was a mistake, t The absence of Chinese forms of speech on the American continent is not absolute, since the Othomi language, spoken on the north of the valley of Mexico, is mono The surf in many places is as high and violent as at Madras, and there being little wood procurable on the coast, the natives invented great floats of inflated seal skins, which are still in use. They had formerly catamarans, like those on the Coromandel coast. Models of these are frequently found, with a double bladed paddle, in the graves of the aboriginal inhabitants; but, from California to Peru, rafts, balzas, or janjadas served, capable of carrying great loads with safety, sailing with uncommon speed. See Charnock's Marine Architecture, vol. i. p. 13. Balza wood is a very light kind of palm. t See C. Frederick Neumann and De Guines, though Klaproth supposes Niphon or Japan is meant; Japan, however, bears a different name or names in the same annals. syllabic. In Europe, we know the existing eastern tongues of the Mongolic stock so imperfectly, that the work of Dr. Pfitzmayer on the Japanese, though not directed towards the spoken dialects of the more remote islands of the empire, yet shows that the learned had, until lately, a very slight acquaintance with it, and often mistook written Chinese for the Niphon language. Even the learned Chinese is more a lettered than a nationally spoken vehicle of thought; and in both the empires, the written is partly different from the spoken tongues, though the...show more

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  • Paperback | 112 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 6mm | 213g
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  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 123696649X
  • 9781236966490