The Aborigines of Victoria: with Notes Relating to the Habits of the Natives of Other Parts of Australia and Tasmania, כרך 1

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J. Ferres, Government printer, 1878 - 483 עמודים
 

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עמוד 386 - And he was afraid, and said, How dreadful is this place ! This is none other but the house of God, and this is the gate of heaven.
עמוד 80 - Australia, crimes may be compounded for by the criminal appearing and submitting himself to the ordeal of having spears thrown at him by all such persons as conceive themselves to have been aggrieved, or by permitting spears to be thrust through certain parts of his body ; such as through the thigh, or the calf of the leg, or under the arm. The part which is to be pierced by a spear is fixed for all common crimes, and a native who has incurred this penalty sometimes quietly holds out his leg for...
עמוד 122 - The ferocious character of the barbarians was displayed in the funeral of a hero, whose valour and fortune they celebrated with mournful applause. By the labour of a captive multitude they forcibly diverted the course of the Busentinus, a small river that washes the walls of Consentia. The royal sepulchre, adorned with the splendid spoils and trophies of Rome, was constructed in the vacant bed; the waters were then restored to their natural channel, and the secret spot, where the remains of Alaric...
עמוד 87 - And yet indeed she is my sister ; she is the daughter of my father, but not the daughter of my mother j and she became my wife.
עמוד 323 - It is a paradox in missile power. There are two kinds of boomerang — that which is thrown to a distance straight ahead ; and that which returns on its own axis to the thrower. I saw, on a subsequent occasion,, a native of slight frame throw one of the former two hundred and ten yards, and much further when a ricochet was permitted. With the latter he made several casts truly surprising to witness. The weapon, after skimming breast high nearly out of sight, suddenly rose high...
עמוד 204 - they remain by the carcase, rubbed from head to foot with stinking blubber, gorged to repletion with putrid meat — out of temper from indigestion, and therefore engaged in constant frays — suffering from a cutaneous disorder by high feeding — and altogether a disgusting spectacle. There is no sight in the world...
עמוד 87 - The family names are perpetuated and spread through the country by the operation of two remarkable laws : — 1st. "That children of either sex always take the family name of their mother.
עמוד 173 - ... grunt. As the drum waxed faster, so did the dance, until at length the movements were as rapid as the human frame could possibly endure. At some passages they all sprang into the air a wonderful height, and, as their feet again touched the ground with the legs wide astride, the muscles of the thighs were set a quivering in a singular manner, and the straight white lines on the limbs being thus put in oscillation, each stripe for the moment became a writhing serpent, while the air was filled with...
עמוד 82 - England, a man in an appeal of murder might fight with the appellant, thereby to make proof of his guilt or innocence. In 1817, a young maid, Mary Ashford, was believed to have been violated and murdered by Abraham Thornton, who, in an appeal, claimed his right by his wager of battle, which the court allowed ; but the appellant (the brother of the maid) refused the challenge, and the criminal escaped, April 16, 1818. This law was immediately afterwards struck from off the statute book, 59 Geo. III.,...
עמוד 76 - A man having a daughter of thirteen or fourteen years of age arranges with some elderly person for the disposal of her, and when all are agreed, she is brought out of the miam-miam, and told that her husband wants her.

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