Fijians sentence example
- The Fijians are a people of Melanesian (Papuan) stock much crossed with Polynesians (Tongans and Samoans).
- The Fijians have other characteristics of both Pacific races, e.g.
- If less readily amenable to civilizing influences than their neighbours to the eastward, the Fijians show greater force of character and ingenuity.
- The Fijians were formerly notorious for cannibalism, which may have had its origin in religion, but long before the first contact with Europeans had degenerated into gluttony.
- The Fijians combined with this greediness a savage and merciless natures.Advertisement
- Affection and a firm belief in a future state, in which the exact condition of the dying is continued, are the Fijians' own explanations of the custom, once universal, of killing sick or aged relatives.
- Yet in spite of this savagery the Fijians have always been remarkable for their hospitality, open-handedness and courtesy.
- The former religion of the Fijians was a sort of ancestorworship, had much in common with the creeds of Polynesia, and included a belief in a future existence.
- The weapons of the Fijians are spears, slings, throwing clubs and bows and arrows.
- Fijians are fond of amusements.Advertisement
- A terrible epidemic of measles in that year swept away 40,000, or about one-third of the Fijians.
- Thomson, The Fijians (London, 1908).
- Other destructive agencies were epidemics, such especially as measles and small-pox, which swept away 30,000 Fijians in 1875; the introduction of strong drinks, including, besides vile spirits, a most pernicious concoction brewed in Tahiti from oranges; Maori Religion and Mythology, p. 26.
- The Fijians show no disposition to intermarry with the Indian coolies.
- With the introduction of coolies the Fijians began to fall behind in the development of their country.Advertisement
- Fiji's people are comprised of approximately 50% Fijians, 47% Indians, and the remaining 3% are people of South Pacific, European, or Chinese descent.