Senate Documents Volume 75, P. 2

Senate Documents Volume 75, P. 2

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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. 1854 edition. Excerpt: ...that much drinking is one of the conditions. VVhatever good ideas may be instilled into their minds by the worship in the morning, are generally lost under the effects of strong drinks at night. This custom shocks the stranger. An_ excuse has been ofiered by some who resided among the more savage race of men, that in the exertions of the Jesuits to change the worship of these people from their own barbarous imitations of the actions of tigers and poisonous serpents, the priests were obliged to allow them to continue many of the most innocent popular customs, such as dancing, singing, and drinking, as well as fighting sham battles on a Sunday evening, until they were enabled to lead them gradually to perceive these were not the forms of worship which would most please the Almighty. Among these Indians, as among the people of Japan, "every custom is a part of their religion." Music has a powerful effect upon the savage, and therefore the Jesuits encoufaged them to cultivate it, and as its influence over the limbs of the women was so great, that they could not stand still during that part of the church ser-vice, it was thought best to permit them to dance at the door, after which they quietly entered to say their prayers. But when the music commenced again they-returned to dance in their savage fashion. They are naturally a good and tractable people, finally willing to do their dancing at home, or only on particular occasions at church after the J esnits were long enough among them. At the present day there are times when the war "dance is allowed in front of the church, performed by the able-bodied men of the nation with war clubs and hatchets in their hands. The drinking of chicha was a portion of the primitive worship more

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  • Paperback | 136 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 7mm | 254g
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236813251
  • 9781236813251