12 May 1840: Tanoa, of Mbau arrives at Levuka: chief with a party of attendants on the beach for ritual of landing

Charles Pickering, M.D., Member Of The United States Exploring Expedition. recorded “On the 12th, I witnessed the landing of Tanoa, of Mbau, the most powerful of the Feejee chiefs. The Levuka chief with a party of attendants were on the beach to receive him, and remained squatting close to the ground until he had passed by”.
Canoe etiquette
: “It is the rule, when two canoes meet, for the person of inferior rank to have the outrigger in a particular position ; and, indeed, it will be difficult to find another nation so observant of etiquette as the Feejeeans. On meeting with Captain Vanderford, Tanoa said, ” that he himself should not die while his old acquaintance was alive: this supposed union of destiny being a common superstition with the Feejeeans”.

He was.. greatly astonished at the noise of the cannon, and the effect of the shot upon the water ; but, unlike his retinue, he manifested terror rather than approbation, and at his request the firing was discontinued. 1 remarked also that after some discussion among themselves, one of the natives set about taking the dimensions of the Vincennes.
The Races Of Man; By Charles Pickering, M.D., Member Of The United States Exploring Expedition.

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