Hawaiian Ceremonial Mice Shooting

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72. Pa-na-i-o-le - Mice-Shooting

[Page 233] Shooting mice with bows and arrows, according to Alexander1 was engaged in only by chiefs, and connected with religious ceremonies. The bow was never used in war, but only for the above purpose.

The deified bones of the chiefs were generally carefully concealed in the most secret and inaccessible caves to prevent their being made into arrows to shoot mice with, or into fish-hooks.

1. Vol. I, 91.

Last update February 3, 2010