If the Tartars had their Cham Chi-Thaungu for a whole village or country, these had idols in every hut and every cave.
They had, I suppose, a great sacrifice that day; for there stood out, upon an old stump of a tree, a diabolical kind of idol made of wood; it was dressed up, too, in the most filthy manner; its upper garment was of sheepskins, with the wool outward; a great Tartar bonnet on the head, with two horns growing through it; it was about eight feet high, yet had no feet or legs, nor any other proportion of parts.
This scarecrow was set up at the outer side of the village; and when I came near to it there were sixteen or seventeen creatures all lying flat upon the ground round this hideous block of wood; I saw no motion among them, any more than if they had been all logs, like the idol, and at first I really thought they had been so; but, when I came a little nearer, they started up upon their feet, and raised a howl, as if it had been so many deep-mouthed hounds, and walked away, as if they were displeased at our disturbing them.
I confess I was more moved at their stupidity and brutish worship of a hobgoblin than ever I was at anything in my life, and, overcome with rage, I rode up to the hideous idol, and with my sword made a stroke at the bonnet that was on its head, and cut it in two; and one of our men that was with me, taking hold of the sheepskin that covered it, pulled at it, when, behold, a most hideous outcry ran through the village, and two or three hundred people came about my ears, so that I was glad to scour for it, for some had bows and arrows; but I resolved from that moment to visit them again.
And yet Mehevi, and other chiefs of unquestionable veracity--to say nothing of the Primate himself--assured me over and over again that Moa Artua was the tutelary deity of Typee, and was more to be held in honour than a whole battalion of the clumsy idols in the Hoolah Hoolah grounds.
As for the luckless idols, they received more hard knocks than supplications.
Those who pleased to do so were allowed to repose implicit faith in an ill-favoured god with a large bottle-nose and fat shapeless arms crossed upon his breast; whilst others worshipped an image which, having no likeness either in heaven or on earth, could hardly be called an idol.
To settle this they beat their idols
soundly against each other; whichever first loses a tooth or a claw is considered as confuted, and his votary retires from the field.
And when he inquired of the high priest who should first profane the altars and temples of their idols with the enclosures that were about them, Coifi answered,
And mounting the same he set out to destroy the idols.
Having, therefore, girt a sword about him, with a spear in his hand, he mounted the King's stallion and proceeded to the idols.
As the tongue was removed for the high priest's table, "Ah," said the Idol
to himself, "that is the Sword of the Spirit - the only Sword that is less dangerous when unsheathed.
Though, if Professor Bumper has his way, the idol will be coming out instead of coming in.
The people held this idol of gold to be their greatest treasure, and they put to death many of other tribes who sought to steal it.
he exclaimed, in much the same manner as when he had finished reading the article about the idol.