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immediately killed, and so falls a victim to the priest's resentment, who,
no doubt (if necessary), has address - Page 310
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He Is Immediately Killed, And So Falls A Victim To The Priest's Resentment, Who, No Doubt (If Necessary), Has Address Enough To Persuade The People That He Was A Bad Man.

If I except their funeral ceremonies, all the knowledge that has been obtained of their religion, has been from information:

And as their language is but imperfectly understood, even by those who pretend to the greatest knowledge of it, very little on this head is yet known with certainty.[3]

The liquor which they make from the plant called Ava ava, is expressed from the root, and not from the leaves, as mentioned in the narrative of my former voyage. The manner of preparing this liquor is as simple as it is disgusting to an European. It is thus: Several people take some of the root, and chew it till it is soft and pulpy, then they spit it out into a platter or other vessel, every one into the same; when a sufficient quantity is chewed, more or less water is put to it, according as it is to be strong or weak; the juice, thus diluted, is strained through some fibrous stuff like fine shavings; after which it is fit for drinking, and this is always done immediately. It has a pepperish taste, drinks flat, and rather insipid. But, though it is intoxicating I only saw one instance where it had that effect, as they generally drink it with great moderation, and but little at a time.

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