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The Home of the Islanders' Gods

THE HOME OF THE ISLANDERS' GODS

The ceremonies connected with Devil-Devil worship on the almost unknown ring of coral atolls named Ong Tong Java, which lie 200 miles north of the Solomon Islands, are shrouded in mystery, and little is known concerning them. The actual idols are here seen in front of their sacred "temple," or "tambu house." These unique photographs were taken unknown to the natives by the only white trader on the group

The Land-Gods' Homage to the Powers of the Sea

THE LAND-GODS' HOMAGE TO THE POWERS OF THE SEA

A Devil-Devil ceremony is in progress, and portrays the annual rite of "bowing the idols to the sea" in supplication for ample fishing harvests. On the very infrequent occasion of the arrival of the white trader's schooner from a visit to the Solomon Islands, the Devil-Devil priests board the vessel and exorcise, with many strange ceremonies, any foreign devil-devils that may be lurking aboard