book chapter

Samoa, a hundred years ago and long before: together with notes on the cults and customs of twenty-three other islands in the Pacific

Macmillan and co.London • Published In 1884 • Pages:

By: Turner, George.

Abstract
This document is an early description of the culture of Samoa. It was written by a missionary who spent forty years in Oceania, a great part of this time in Samoa. The material here was originally published in an earlier work, Nineteen Years in Polynesia (1861), as part of a personal narrative. It has been separated, revised, and expanded and here takes the form of a book in itself. The author covers the fields of religious beliefs, social organization, and technology. The final chapters of that part of the book which has been processed for the files consist of notes on place names in Samoa.
Subjects
Mythology
Animism
General character of religion
Spirits and gods
Extended families
Revelation and divination
Avoidance and taboo
Community structure
Community heads
Sacred objects and places
Priesthood
Trial procedure
Local officials
Prayers and sacrifices
Tillage
Techniques of socialization
Childbirth
Infant feeding
Verbal arts
Regulation of marriage
Burial practices and funerals
Dwellings
culture
Samoans
HRAF PubDate
2009
Region
Oceania
Sub Region
Polynesia
Document Type
book chapter
Evaluation
Creator Type
Missionary
Document Rating
5: Excellent Primary Data
Analyst
William W. Stein ; 1956
Coverage Date
1840-1884
Coverage Place
Samoa
Notes
George Turner
Includes index
Omitted : Chapter XXIII, Ethnological Notes from Other Islands, pages 267-350; Appendix, pages 351-376
LCCN
05023390
LCSH
Samoan Islands/Samoa