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The Aborigines of Victoria: With Notes Relating to the Habits of the Natives ...
Robert Brough Smyth
Sin vista previa disponible - 2016
Aborigines amongst animals appear arms Australia bark believe blacks body bone boomerang called camp canoe carried cause ceremony coast color common covered Creek custom dance dead death described district effect Europeans father feet female fight figures fire fish four Gippsland give given grass grave ground hair hand head hole implements inches kangaroo killed kind known Lake leaves length light lines living lower manner means mother Murray natives natural nearly never observed obtained opossum ornamented perhaps person piece practice present probably race regard resembling respecting River roots savage says seen shield side skin sometimes soon South spear stick stone strong supposed taken thrown tomahawk tree tribe usually weapons weight Western woman women wood young
Página 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.
Página 291 - Girded with girdles upon their loins, exceeding in dyed attire upon their heads, all of them princes to look to, after the manner of the Babylonians ofChaldea, the land of their nativity...
Página 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...
Página 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.
Página 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...
Página 312 - I have seen a native throw one so as to make it go forty or fifty yards horizontally, and not more than three or four feet from the ground ; it would then suddenly dart into the air to the height of fifty or sixty yards, describe a very considerable curve, and, finally, fall at his feet...
Página 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...
Página 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.
Página 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...