History of the Indian Archipelago: Containing an Account of the Manners, Arts, Languages, Religions, Institutions, and Commerce of Its Inhabitants

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Página 79 - The negro races who inhabit the mountains of the Malaya peninsula, in the lowest and most abject state of social existence, though numerically few, are divided into a great many distinct tribes, speaking as many different languages. Among the rude and scattered population of the island of Timor, it is believed that not less than forty languages are spoken. On Ende and Flores we have also a multiplicity of languages; and among the cannibal population of Borneo, it is not improbable that many hundreds...
Página 447 - It is remarkable that the Indian administration of one of the worst governments of Europe, and that in which the general principles of legislation and good government are least understood, — one, too, which has never been skillfully executed, should, upon the whole, have proved the least injurious to the happiness and prosperity of the native inhabitants of the country. This, undoubtedly, has been the character of the Spanish connection with the Philippines, with all its vices, follies, and illiberalities;...
Página 67 - /, 'th, 'd, 'dh, 'n, are sounds peculiar to the Indian articulation. " This series of consonants," says AVilkins, " is pronounced by turning and applying the tip of the tongue far back against the palate ; which, producing a hollow sound as if proceeding from the head...
Página 10 - This distinction by no means implies a court or polished language, opposed to a vulgar or popular one, for both are equally polite and cultivated, and all depends on the relations in which the speakers stand to each other, as they happen to be inferiors or superiors. A servant addresses his master in the language of deference, a child his parent, a wife her husband, if there be much disparity in their ages, and the courtier his prince. The superior replies in the ordinary dialect...
Página 246 - Some of the most courageous demanded the poignard themselves, which they received in the right hand, passing it into the left, after respectfully kissing the weapon. They wounded their right arms, sucked the blood which flowed from the wound, and stained their lips with it, making with the point of the finger a bloody mark on the forehead* Then returning the dagger to their executioners, they received a first stab between...
Página 448 - ... the Archipelago is, at this day, in point of wealth, power, and civilization, in a worse state than when Europeans connected themselves with them three centuries back. The Philippines alone have improved in civilization, wealth, and populousness/ When discovered most of the tribes were a race of half-naked savages, inferior to all the great tribes, who were pushing, at the same time, an active commerce, and enjoying a respectable share of the necessaries and comforts of a civilized state. Upon...
Página 29 - ... was a tomb. The body was dug for and found. It was still entire as when alive, and shed a perfume like a flower garden. The Hollanders bore it away to the camp, and placing it in a sitting posture in a chair, the officers took the corpse by the hand, saluting it according to the custom of their country, and tauntingly exclaiming, « This is the hero Surapati, the mighty warrior, the enemy of the Dutch.
Página 245 - ... poignarded and consumed by fire. Each there found a particular scaffold prepared for her, nearly in the form of a trough, raised upon four short posts, and edged on two sides with planks. After moving three...
Página 10 - A servant addresses his master in the language of deference, a child his parent, a wife her husband, if there be much disparity in their ages, and the courtier his prince. The superior replies in the ordinary dialect, the language still affording modifications and distinctions, according to the rank of the person he addresses, until that rank rises to equality, when, if no intimacy subsists between the parties, the language of deference is adopted by both, or when, if there does, ceremony is thrown...
Página 197 - ... with corresponding terraces, three circular rows of latticed cages of hewn stone, in the form of beehives, and finally, of the dome already mentioned. * * * There is no concavity except in the dome. The hill is in fact a sort of nucleus for the. temple, and has been cut away and fashioned for the accommodation of the building."* The same author, from whom this description is taken, mentions another class of Javanese temples. "They may generally be described...

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