Four Years In British Columbia And Vancouver Island; An Account Of Their Forests, Rivers, Coasts…

Paperback | July 9, 2012

byRichard Charles Mayne

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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. 1862 edition. Excerpt: ...the following description of such a process upon an old woman--a Tyce--in Shoalwater Bay. " She had been sick some time of liver-complaint, and finding her symptoms grow more exaggerated she sent for a medicine-man to ' mamoke' (work) spells to drive away the ' memmelose' or dead people, who, she said, came to her every night. " Towards night the doctor came, bringing with him his own and another family to assist in the ceremony. After they had eaten supper, the centre of the lodge was cleaned, and fresh sand strewed upon it. A bright fire of dry wood was then kindled, and a brilliant light kept up by occasionally throwing oil upon it. I considered this to be a species of incense offered, as the same light could have been produced, if desired, by a quantity of pitch-knots, which were lying in the corner. The patient, well wrapped in blankets, was laid on her back, with her head a little elevated and her hands crossed on her breast. The doctor knelt at her feet, and commenced singing a refrain, the subject of which was an address to the dead, asking them why they had come to take his friend and mother, and begging them to go away and leave her. The rest of the people then sang the chorus in a low, mournful chant, keeping time by knocking on the roof with long wands they held. The burden of the chorus was to beg the dead to leave them. As the performance proceeded, the doctor got more and more excited, singing loudly and violently, with great gesticulation, and occasionally making passes with his hand over the face and person of the patient, similar to those made by mesmeric manipulators; a constant accompaniment being kept up by the others with their low chant and beating with their sticks. The patient soon fell asleep, and the performance ceased....

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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. 1862 edition. Excerpt: ...the following description of such a process upon an old woman--a Tyce--in Shoalwater Bay. " She had been sick some time...

Format:PaperbackDimensions:166 pages, 9.69 × 7.44 × 0.35 inPublished:July 9, 2012Publisher:General Books LLCLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0217214681

ISBN - 13:9780217214681

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