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Te Ika a Maui, or New Zealand and its Inhabitants

Appendix A

Appendix A.

A List of New Zealand customs resembling those alluded to in Scripture as being common in Israel, or to the heathen around them, for conformity to many of which they were driven from their inheritance:—

I. Sacrifices of the dead. In the hahunga, or raising of the bones of the dead, the natives assembled together, and having scraped the bones and painted them with red ochre, they placed food upon them, and danced around them during the night, by the light of fires, and afterwards ate these offerings of the dead.—Ps. cvi. 28.
II. Cutting the flesh for grief.—Lev. xix. 28; xxi. 5; Deut. xiv. 1; Jer. xvi. 6; xli. 5; xlviii.37.
III. Sorcery, witcheraft.—Lev. xix. 26; Deut. xviii. 11; 2 Kings xvii. 17; xxi. 6.
IV. Tatooing.—Lev. xix. 28; Jer. iv. 30.
V. Crying when friends meet.—Gen. xxix. 11; xxxiii. 4; xlv. 14, 15; xlvi. 29.
VI. Eating their enemies, a figurative term in Scripture, but evidently borrowed from ancient custom.—Pa. xiv. 4; xxvii. 2; Jer. x. 25; Micah iii. 3; Zech. xi. 9.
VII. Burning the dead.—Amos vi. 10; 1 Sam. xxxi. 12.
VIII. Putting meat and flesh into baskets.—Gen. xl. 17; Ex. xxix. 3; 2 Kings x. 7.
IX. The bridegroom paying for his bride.—Gen. xxxiv. 12; Ex. xxii. 16; Deut. xxii. 29; 1 Sam. xviii. 25.
X. Casting lots.—Joshua vii. 14, 16; 1 Sam. x. 20, 21; xiv. 41, 42; Prov. xvi. 33; Acts i. 26.
XI. Regulations for cleanliness.—Deut. xxiii. 13; the natives formerly used the mere for a similar purpose.
XII. Cutting the hair for grief, or as a sign of mourning.—Lev. xxi. 5; Deut. xiv. 1; Isaish xv. 2; xxii. 12; Jer. xl. 5; xlvii. 37; Ezek. vii. 18; xxvii. 31.
XIII. Eating of blood.—Gen. ix. 4; Lev. iii. 17; vii. 26; xvii. 10, 14; xix. 26; Deut. xii. 16; xv. 23; 1 Sam. xiv. 32, 33; Ezek. xxxiii. 25; xliv. 7, 15; Acts xv. 20, 29.
XIV. Crying for the dead.—Gen. xxvii. 41; 1, 3, 4, 10; Num. xx. 29; Deut. xxxiv. 8; 2 Sam. i. 12, 17; iii. 32; Acts viii. 2.
XV. The law of blood.—Gen. ix. 6; Ex. xxi. 12; Lev. xxiv. 17; 2 Sam. iii. 30; 1 Kings ii. 32; Rev. xiii. 10.
XVI. Hair used in sacrifice.—Ezek. v. 1—4.
XVII. The younger brother taking the elder brother's wife after his death.—Gen. xxxviii. 8; Deut. xxv. 5; Matt. xxii. 24.page 466
XVIII. The nearest relative, if there be no brother, as in the case of Obed and Ruth.—Ruth iv. 10.
XIX. The elder brother taking his sister as his birthright.—Gen. xx. 12.
XX. The touching of food.—Haggai ii. 12.
XXI. Men dressing in female clothing.—Deut. xxii. 5.
XXII. God present in the whirlwind.—1 Kings xix. 11; Job xxxviii. 1; Ezek. i. 4; Nahum i. 3.
XXIII. Wives of a king the property of his successor.—2 Sam. xvi. 22; 1 Kings ii. 22.
XXIV. Wives bought, &c.—Gen. xxix. 18; 2 Sam. iii. 14.
XXV. Ventriloquism, the Witch of Endor.—1 Sam. xxviii. 7.
XXVI. Women unclean after childbirth.—Lev. xii. 2, 5; Luke ii. 22.
XXVII. All unclean who have touched a corpse.—Haggai ii. 13.
XXVIII. Taumau, the custom of betrothing from earliest years.—Matt. i. 18; Luke i. 27.
XXIX. First-fruits offered.—Ex. xxii. 29; xxii. 16, 19; Proverbs iii. 9.
XXX. The scapegoat.—Lev. xvi. 10. The natives let the first fish go which they caught to bring back others.
XXXI. Bulrush vessels. Moki's.—Isa. xviii. 2.
XXXII. Prostituting daughters.—Lev. xix. 29.
XXXIII. The ancient cubit same measure as the New Zealand, from the end of the middle finger to the elbow.
XXXIV. Males only permitted to eat sacred food.—Lev. vi. 29.
XXXV. Worshipping in groves.—Ezek. xx. 28; xxxiii. 25; Lev. xvii. 10, 11.
XXXVI. Those who go to war are Tapu.—Deut. xxiii. 9.