Voyages of the Dutch Brig of War Dourga: Through the Southern and Little-known Parts of the Moluccan Archipelago, and Along the Previously Unknown Southern Coast of New Guinea, Performed During the Years 1825 & 1826

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J. Madden, 1840 - 365 páginas
 

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Página 161 - ... recognize the right of property, in the fullest sense of the word, without there being any authority among them than the decisions of their elders, according to the customs of their forefathers, which are held in the highest regard.
Página 159 - No Arafura has ever returned to us after death, therefore we know nothing of a future state, and this is the first time we have heard of it.
Página 166 - The elders considered this mode of proceeding on the part of the wife rather strange, and taking it into consideration that it was very difficult for any one to withstand a declaration of love from a young woman, they lost sight of the severe laws respecting the conduct of men towards married women, and determined that the offender should only pay a small fine, and advised the husband never again to leave his wife at home without provisions. The lady returned home with her husband, who was wise enough...
Página 168 - During two or three days the house of the dead is constantly full of drunken and raving guests. The body is then brought out before the house, and supported against a post, when attempts are again made to induce it to eat. Lighted segars, arrack, rice, fruit, &c., are again stuffed into its mouth, and the bystanders, 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 fruitless,...
Página 168 - ... 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.
Página 169 - ... friends and fellow-villagers will not induce the deceased to awaken ? At length, when they find all these endeavours to be fruitless, they place the body on a bier, adorned with flags, and carry it out into the forest, where it is fixed upon the top of four posts. A tree, usually the Pavetta Indica, is then planted near it ; and it is remarkable that at this last ceremony none but women, entirely naked, are present. This is called by the Alfoers fsudah buang,' by which they mean that the body...
Página 160 - To convince myself more fully respecting their want of knowledge of a Supreme Being, I demanded of them on whom they called for help in their need, when...
Página 300 - ... in great esteem, so much so that their price is higher even than that given for slaves of Bali, Lombok, or Sumbawa. The women from Koby, Ay, and Karres, are considered the most attractive, and are often kept as inferior wives by the Ceramese; the Raja of Kilwari, among others, having a wife born in the Papuan village of Atti-Atti. The price given for a slave on the coast is usually two pieces of white calico, valued at from eight to ten Spanish dollars, from sixty to seventy rupees (five to si;x...
Página 164 - Affara he was present at the election of the village chiefs, two individuals aspiring to the station of Orang Tua. The people chose the elder of the two, which greatly afflicted the other, but he soon afterwards expressed himself satisfied with the choice the people had made, and said to M. Bik, who had been sent there on a commission, " What reason have I to grieve ; whether I am Orang Tua or not, I still have it in my power to assist my fellow villagers." Several old men agreed to this, apparently...
Página 157 - ... the waist, one end being brought between the legs, and fastened on one side with a knot ; and adorn themselves with armlets made from white shells, with small pieces of brass wire in four or five holes, pierced above one another in the ears, and with beads around the neck.

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