Some Account Of New Zealand; Particularly The Bay Of Islands, And Surrounding Country

Paperback | October 12, 2012

byJohn Savage

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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. 1807 edition. Excerpt: ...taste. Necklaces are also made of pieces of reed. The man in the moon, or green amulet, is suspended from the neck upon all occasions of full dress, though indeed it is very commonly worn at other times. There are smaller ones, made to be worn by children. That which I have delineated is of the size usually worn by adults. E 2 The men, whether dressed or in their ordinary clothing, carry a waddy, suspended by a thong from the wrist. The waddy is in figure somewhat resembling a large battledore, and is usually formed of hard black stone, but some are made of bone taken from the head of the whale. This instrument is the sword of New Zealand, and proves as destructive a weapon as the sword of Europeans. Whenever they dress for any particular occasion, the body is anointed all over with a composition of red earth and fish oil, or any other greasy substance they can procure; and in proportion to the elegance required, a greater or less quantity is employed. If they wish to appear remarkably splendid, or in full dress, rouge and grease are lavished upon their persons with the utmost profusion. The dress of the military is a mat also, but in the manufacture of which much more labour is bestowed than upon any of the others; the materials are the same as those of the dress mats, but so tightly woven, that when hanging loose a spear will not penetrate it: this gives it the double advantage of a dress and a shield. The war-mat is generally ornamented with a border, which frequently displays a great degree of taste: the Vandyke is a common pattern. The priests, if so they may be called, appear to attend but little to the ornaments of dress. I believe they use but little, if any, red earth, either on their persons or hair; the unctious matter is used...

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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. 1807 edition. Excerpt: ...taste. Necklaces are also made of pieces of reed. The man in the moon, or green amulet, is suspended from the n...

Format:PaperbackDimensions:20 pages, 9.69 × 7.44 × 0.04 inPublished:October 12, 2012Publisher:General Books LLCLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0217875734

ISBN - 13:9780217875738

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