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Diary (page 6)


"As for cannibalism, here were on its hideous nature and the bestial gullibility, confessions skill less which I obtained in the island of Ouen from one of my native assistants which stand out from the rest of his colleagues by the intelligence and the good appearance. He had been a sailor aboard a boat - pilot and spoke rather easily in French. I liked making him speak about ancient customs of the tribe; he spoke about it besides with a unique artless philosophy. One day, having opened the chapter on the anthropophagi I said to him: " Why do you eat canaque enemies? "-" Because, he answered, it is beautiful and good, as good as pig and cow."
However, Toki admitted that formerly at Ouen one ate those who were guilty of a grave fault, fell under the tomahawk of a leader...

One ate also the children when they were not well shaped or when the family was too numerous or the father ill and incapable to fetch all the necessary food. In case one had decided on fate of the poor child and in case he had to die, the father and the mother immediately after the birth carried this small being by the sea, washed him, then cooked him in the usual way inside the ground with taros and ignames. " That makes a lot of good to the mother " added Toki in conclusion... In the quality of former sailor, Toki had few prejudices and, instead of hiding all these obnoxious details, he told them with admirable sangfroid and a profound careless, standing out other natives who do not dare to speak to the whites of these ancient manners of their tribes. The horror that they inspire us and that one does not hide from them that makes them more shameful than remorseful, because most of them are even still nostalgic of good old time.

The most revolting scenes are certainly those of the massacre of the crew of the Secret but also of the meal of the winners which he witnesses to silent with the squad behind bushes and horror of which gives shudder by the quality of a concise style and without romantic subtleties: The largest number out of those Europeans who are mercilessly for this race of people bases their insensitivity towards these intelligent creatures on what they are cannibal. To this I shall answer by the mouth of a man of wit who understood these savages without having ever visited them (Toussenel, "Passionate Zoology"): "Anthropophagy is one of the diseases of the childhood of the first humanity, a depraved taste which misery explains, which she does not justify … Let us pity the cannibal and let us not scold him too much we the other civilized who massacre million people for motives certainly less plausible than famine… the evil is not so much to roast one's enemy than to kill him when he does not want to die? "

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