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To treat her as a goddess has always been accounted a sure way of winning a ladys favour. To the cynic, therefore, it might seem that Mrs. Mc Govern was bound to speak well of her headhunting friends of the Formosan hills, seeing that they welcomed her with a respect that bordered on veneration. But of other head-hunters, hailing, say, from Borneo or from...
To treat her as a goddess has always been accounted a sure way of winning a ladys favour. To the cynic, therefore, it might seem that Mrs. Mc Govern was bound to speak well of her headhunting friends of the Formosan hills, seeing that they welcomed her with a respect that bordered on veneration. But of other head-hunters, hailing, say, from Borneo or from A ssam, anthropologists have reported no less well, and that though the investigators were accorded no divine honours. The key to a just estimate of savage morality is knowledge of all the conditions. A custom that considered in itself is decidedly revolting may, on further acquaintance with the state of culture as a whole, turn out to be, if not praiseworthy, at least a drawback incidental to a normal phase of the ruder life of mankind. The grizzled warrior, we are told, who made oblation to our authoress, bore on his chin the honourable mark of the man-slayer. To her Chinese coohe that formidable badge would have been enough to proclaim the wearer seban the kind of wicked animal that defends itself when attacked.(Typographical errors above are due to OCR software and don't occur in the book.)About the Publisher Forgotten Books is a publisher of historical writings, such as: Philosophy, Classics, Science, Religion, History, Folklore and Mythology.Forgotten Books' Classic Reprint Series utilizes the latest technology to regenerate facsimiles of historically important writings. Careful attention has been made to accurately preserve the original format of each page whilst digitally enhancing the aged text. Read books online for free at www.forgottenbooks.org
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