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Title: [Old antique print of Hawaii] Het huis in de morai op Atooi van binnen.
Author: Cook, Capt. J.
PlaceAndYear: Amsterdam, c. 1795.
Description: Captain James Cook (1728-79), explorer, circumnavigator and hydrographer. Three voyages, 1768-71, 1772-75 and 1776-79. From 1778 on printed editions of ' Captain Cook's Travels' appeared in English, Italian, French and Dutch. On his third voyage (1776- 1779) Cook caught the first sight of the Hawaiian islands on November 26, 1778 and left the archipelago on the 15th of March,1778, to return in February of 1779, where he was killed in a skirmish on February 14th.The inside of the house in the Morai, on Atooi. The temple priests served as advisors to the ruling chiefs. They were the keepers of the great genealogical chants that linked the chiefs to the gods. They knew of the kapu, the rigidly defined prohibitions that reinforced the sacred status of the chiefs, and all that possessed their mana(spiritual power.)Regarding the temple altar, Cook reported, "An alter, composed of a piece of carved wood and on each side the figure of a Woman carved in wood. On the head of one was carved a cap-like helmet worn by the ancient warriors and on the other a round cap. These two images were about three feet tall and called Goddesses but that they worship them may be doubted, as they had no objections to our going to and examining them. This they told us was the grave of seven chiefs, and a similar area outside the house contained the graves of seven human sacrifices." From a Dutch edition of ‘Cook's voyages'.
Dimensions: 215 x 255 mm
Colouring: uncoloured
Condition: excellent
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