Publisher: Cambridge University Press (November 21, 2013)
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From humble origins, and knowledgeable by means of the London Missionary Society in theology, printing and rudimentary medication, William Ellis (1794-1872) sailed for the Society Islands in 1816. He came upon himself on the cusp of significant cultural swap as Western impacts affected the indigenous Polynesians. in the course of his time there, Ellis grew to become a talented linguist and capable chronicler of the conventional but quickly transferring lifestyle. He succeeded in shooting shiny tales of a leisured those that, with no written language, had constructed a wealthy oral culture, social constitution and trust process. released in 1829, this two-volume assortment proved to be a big reference paintings, particularly for its usual historical past; it quickly observed Darwin aboard the Beagle. In quantity 2, Ellis strikes among Huahine and Raiatea, giving additional historical past at the current customs and polytheistic rituals, contrasted with the advent of Western faith, costume, colleges, housing, medication and legislation.