Researches Into the Physical History of Man

Researches Into the Physical History of Man

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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. 1813 edition. Excerpt: ...only a few had a clearer complexion; and in these the tips of their hair were of a yellowish brown: the hair and the beards of the rest were all black and crisp, nay, in some woolly." (b) (a) See Marsden's table. Archaeology, rol. 6. (b) Captain Cook fancied that the individuals who had hair like Europeans were of a diflercnt race, and came from Erronan, an island situated within sight of Tanna. But on the subject of the hair it js known that he had a peculiar prejudice. Dr. Forster obviously considers the woolly headed people and the long haired as the seme race, and mentions these characters as passing into each other. In many words in the dialect of Tanna resembles the other languages of the South Sea Islands. The Tannese are also identified with the tribes of this great insular nation by many peculiar customs. They use wrappers of leaves like the New Caledonians and Mallicollese, and like these people and those of New Guinea, they perforate their ears and the septum of the nose. In the latter they wear a stick or white cylindrical stone. Capt. Cook was led to believe (apparently by sufficient indications) that they dispose of their dead not by burning or interment, but in a manner similar to the singular mode of the Otaheiteans (a), and they wear locks of the hair of deceased persons tied about their necks, like the last mentioned people, and those of New Zealand. They dress their own woolly hair in thin queues, wound round with the rind of a convolvulus. They use the same kind of tools as the Otaheiteans, but of inferior workmanship. The largest and most westerly, and except one (-) See Dr. Forster's Observations on tlic manners of the Otaheiteans. Ubi supra. Cook imagined Krronan to have boen peopled from the Friendly Isles, and...show more

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  • Paperback | 124 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 7mm | 236g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 123648553X
  • 9781236485533