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men wore only a girdle of cloth around the middle. On great occasions the men, I was told, wore elegant cloaks, and helmets of red and yellow feathers.
They all seemed perfectly friendly, and were quite disposed to be on good terms with us. They had all fine black hair and bright black eyes. They had also fine white teeth; but I observed that many of them had lost several of their front teeth. On making inquiry about it, I learned that it was their custom, on the death of a friend, to show their sorrow by pulling out one or two of their teeth.
Almost all of them were painted, or tattooed in a singular manner. The figures on their bodies generally represented birds' faces, circles, and goats. Some of them were tattooed only on one side, and they looked like persons half daubed with ink from head to foot. The women had the tips of their tongues tattooed.
Appearance. How do they paint their bodies ?
Those who came in the boats to visit us brought a great many articles of food. They offered us hogs, sweet potatoes, bread fruit, plantain, yams, cocoa nuts, and some other things. These they wished to exchange for trinkets, pieces of cloth, and almost anything we were disposed to offer them.
We remained at these islands for more than two weeks. I went several times on shore, and had a pretty good opportunity of seeing the natives. They are naturally an amiable people, yet they have many customs that are barbarous, and many notions that are quite absurd.
Their houses consist of mud walls with high thatched roofs. They are not divided into separate rooms, but they are kept quite neat and clean. They have no tables or seats. The rich people cover their floors with mats. Few of the houses have windows. In general the light is admilied through the door, What did they bring on board the vessel to exchange ? Describe
which is seldom closed. The men and women always eat in separate apartments.
The chief amusements of the people are dancing, wrestling, and foot races.
Their religious notions were very absurd. They believed that the world was created by Etooah, the chief Deity. They also believed in seven or eight inferior gods. They had temples erected to these deities, where they offered as sacrifices, hogs, bananas, and cocoa nuts. Sometimes, too, they offered human victims.
The Temple of the King was a large building surrounded by monstrous images of wood. Some of these images had their mouths stuck full of dogs' teeth.
Such was the state of things when I was at the Sandwich islands; but this, you will recollect, was more than twenty years ago. Since that time, great changes have happened. In the year 1819, these people came to the conclusion that their wooden gods were a misera
Their religious notions ? Describe the Temple of the King. What happened in 1809 ?
What of their amusements ?