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n.1.State of being heathen or like the heathen.
Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary, published 1913 by G. & C. Merriam Co.
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The publication of the Presbyterian women's society that sponsored the Home, Occidental Board Bulletin, contrasts the women's Christianity with Quong's heathenness and adds that Choy Gay received whippings for forbidding Quong sexual access to Lon Ying.
Maredi's uncle, Eliyase, beat him up severely for venturing into a bush belonging to the Mashite section of the village whose inhabitants are shunned for their "heathenness".
While the Presbyterian Church initially banned these rituals on grounds of their spiritual 'heathenness', I was told by several Presbyterians that they were not 'sinful' but rather involved too much labour in terms of the pigs required.