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MUSIC OF SAVAGE NATIONS.              247
fearfully, as he danced on hot ashes, neai to a mass of burning wood; others jumped in and danced away frantically. At last the priest him­self joined them, and the shouts and gesticula­tions became furious. This representation had probably some signification of religious expiation, at least it would have been deemed as such in ancient mysteries."
After this followed conjuring tricks of a won­derful, though sanguinary description, " and then the infernal gammelong began again." Then came excellent fireworks. "At last the gamme­long ceased its stunning noise."
During Captain Cook's voyage round the world, Banks and Solander, two of his best associates witnessed (a. d. 1769) a pantomime in one of the Society islands. It was of a comic nature, and contained music and dancing. The subject was the adventures of a thief, including his capture.* In Cook's second voyage, Forster observed a comic opera in the Society islands, which appear closely allied to the above. Actors and actresses appeared in this play, the first act of which concluded with a burlesque beating of three of the participants. The commencement of the second act was announced by the musicians beating their drums.f
In the Tonga islands, the actors of these musi­cal dramas recite sentences which are answered by a chorus of singers. There is a great variety in
their movements and groupings. Occasionally
•Eogel's Musical Myths, e c, t. 2, p. 160.
t A voyage round the World (Cook's) Foreter, p. 898, r. 1.

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