Mircea Eliade "From Primitives to Zen": A TAHITIAN FAMILY-PRAYER


This ancient prayer was repeated each night, in former times.

Save me! Save me! it is the night of the gods. Watch close to me, my God (atua)! Close to me, oh, my Lord (fatu)! Protect me from enchantments, sudden death, evil conduct, from slandering or being slandered, from intrigue, and from quarrels concerning the limits of land. Let peace reign about us, oh, my God I Protect me from the furious warrior, who spreads terror, whose hair bristles! May I and my spirit live and rest in peace this night, oh my God.


E. S. Craighill Handy, Polynesian Religion, Bernice P. Bishop Museum Bulletin 34 (Honolulu, 1927), p. 201; translated from J. A. Moerenhout, Voyages aux iles du Grand Ocean, II (Paris, 183.7), P. 83

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