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a. & n.1.(Ethnol.) See Fijian.
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Rose considered them by far the most exciting dramas she had ever witnessed; and when the performance closed with a grand ballet of Feejee Islanders, whose barbaric yells alarmed the gulls, she had no words in which to express her gratification.
Our Exploring Expedition saw the Feejee islanders getting their dinner off human bones; and they are said to eat their own wives and children.
He amassed a fortune promoting a bewildering range of popular entertainments: an elderly slave masquerading as George Washington's nursemaid; a gifted Swedish opera singer, Jenny Lind, whom he turned into an international superstar; a half-monkey, half-fish masterpiece of taxidermy that he advertised as the FeeJee Mermaid; and other attractions, dubious and genuine.
289-92; Jan Bondeson, The Feejee mermaid and other essays in natural and unnatural history (Ithaca: Cornell University Press, 1999), p.
One famous exhibit was Feejee mermaid, which turned out to be a monkey's head sewn to a fish.
Flanders uses the Bible to describe Fijians to make a different point, arguing that: 'The natives of the Feejee Islands have, heretofore, been regarded as the Ishmaelites of the South Pacific Ocean, who would never endure the discipline of civilization, and who, if ever converted to Christianity, would be the last brought into the kingdom of heaven' (Wallis 1986).
20) Barnum also presented animals and peculiar objects, such as the FeeJee Mermaid.
PT Barnum wowed crowds by exhibiting the body of what seemed to be a mummified half Famous impressario human, half fish creature, calling it 'The Feejee Mermaid'.
Imagine my rapture, then, when I came across a notice in the Mercury on January 17, announcing a Grand Exhibition of the Wonders of Nature, featuring a "MERMAID recently taken near the Feejee Islands.
43: Condition of, in Middle Ages, In the Feejee Islands, Worshipped as goddesses by, Lacking in moral sense, Greater conscientiousness of, Age of puberty among South Sea Islanders,
1985 United States exploring expedition; Tongataboo, Feejee.
Barnum, "perhaps the greatest self-promoter of all time," eagerly and candidly described many of the hoaxes he perpetrated during his performances, including the Feejee Mermaid, "likely the result of someone surgically connecting a fish tail with a monkey's torso and head.