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Identifier: historyofmankind01ratz
Title: The history of mankind
Year: 1896 (1890s)
Authors: Ratzel, Friedrich, 1844-1904 Butler, Arthur John, 1844-1910
Subjects: Ethnology Anthropology
Publisher: London, Macmillan and co., ltd. New York, The Macmillan co.
Contributing Library: Wellesley College Library
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tes reaptheir rice stalk by stalk witha little sickle-shaped knife. Resinis collected for stopping chinksin wooden boxes, and for thepreparation of torches ; gutta-percha, and wax from wild beesnests ; in some districts alsoedible birds nests. Rattan isalso cut,an indispensable materialin hut and boat-building, and in the manufacture of many articles of furniture ;so much coveted too, as an article of trade, that the chiefs of Borneo had amonopoly of it. What rice is to the Western Malays, sago is to the Eastern. Even in NorthBorneo it is the chief produce of the Milanos. The palm forests are communalproperty, and felling the sago palm may only be performed in pursuance of acommunal resolution. The stem is split with a sword, the pith cut out with a hoe,and broken small with a stone club. Leaves stitched together form the bucket ;cylindrical leaf-stalks, placed one below another, make a system of washing taps ;and a sieve is made of bast. In Ceram, one man can in this way prepare in a

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Battak hoes from Sumatra—one-seventh real size.Museum of Ethnology.) (Leipzig 43° THE HISTORY OF MANKIND month so much sago that the half of it will keep him for a year, and with therest he can buy knives and finer). The surplus of East Ceram provides for awhole number of neighbouring islands. Wallace calculates the cost of a mansvictuals in this land of sago at twelve shillings a year. Harvest festivals hold a prominent position—among many tribes the mostprominent. The Maanjans of Borneo offer sacrifices so soon as the first rice isripe. Some of it is sent into the village ; a fowl is killed ; the whetstone and


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bookid:historyofmankind01ratz bookyear:1896 bookdecade:1890 bookcentury:1800 bookauthor:Ratzel__Friedrich__1844_1904 bookauthor:Butler__Arthur_John__1844_1910 booksubject:Ethnology booksubject:Anthropology bookpublisher:London__Macmillan_and_co___ltd_ bookpublisher:_New_York__The_Macmillan_co_ bookcontributor:Wellesley_College_Library booksponsor:Wellesley_College_Library bookleafnumber:488 bookcollection:Wellesley_College_Library bookcollection:blc bookcollection:americana

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