Traditions And Superstitions Of The New Zealanders; With Illustrations Of Their Manners And Customs

Paperback | October 12, 2012

byEdward Shortland

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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. 1856 edition. Excerpt: ...do better. You have got the packing up in store, and the pulling out again. Young women are very expert at a game called pohi, in which an ornamented ball fastened to a string three or four feet long is use.d. The string is held by one hand, while the ball is struck with the other repeatedly in different directions, but always in time with the measure of a song chanted at the same moment. When several seated together on the ground are thus diverting themselves, the graceful attitudes of their bodies present to the eye a group well adapted for the pencil of the artist. One branch of the education of youth in which they begin to receive instruction at an early age, and in which, on their arriving at manhood, they are adepts, requires to be noticed--this is maminga. The word includes in its meaning all kinds of deceit, from the simple covert joke to the most artful sirnulation. So common is the practice of this vice by persons of all ages, that a variety of well-known forms of addressing persons deceitfully are in vogue, which will be sure to impose on strangers who are not up to their ways. The youth of both sexes are before marriage very profligate, giving themselves up to affaires de cceur. It is among them that the song called haka is so favourite an amusement. When arrived at men and women's estate, however, they generally cease to think of pleasure alone. Then the real business of life commences. To the females belong the more domestic duties--the care of the household, the seeing after a due supply of daily food for the family or for guests, the weaving clothes, and such like occupations; while those duties where strength and activity are required are more peculiarly the province of men. From this glance at the education and pursuits...

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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. 1856 edition. Excerpt: ...do better. You have got the packing up in store, and the pulling out again. Young women are very expert at a ga...

Format:PaperbackDimensions:72 pages, 9.69 × 7.44 × 0.15 inPublished:October 12, 2012Publisher:General Books LLCLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0217903894

ISBN - 13:9780217903899

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