This scarecrow was set up at the outer side of the village; and when I came near to it there were sixteen or seventeen creatures all lying flat upon the ground round this hideous block of wood; I saw no motion among them, any more than if they had been all logs, like the idol, and at first I really thought they had been so; but, when I came a little nearer, they started up upon their feet, and raised a howl, as if it had been so many deep-mouthed hounds, and walked away, as if they were displeased at our disturbing them.
I confess I was more moved at their stupidity and brutish worship of a hobgoblin than ever I was at anything in my life, and, overcome with rage, I rode up to the hideous idol, and with my sword made a stroke at the bonnet that was on its head, and cut it in two; and one of our men that was with me, taking hold of the sheepskin that covered it, pulled at it, when, behold, a most hideous outcry ran through the village, and two or three hundred people came about my ears, so that I was glad to scour for it, for some had bows and arrows; but I resolved from that moment to visit them again.
He at first objected to my plan as useless, seeing that, owing to the gross ignorance of the people, they could not be brought to profit by the lesson I meant to teach them; and added that, from his knowledge of the country and its customs, he feared we should fall into great peril by giving offence to these brutal idol worshippers.
Though, if Professor Bumper has his way, the idol will be coming out instead of coming in.
The people held this idol of gold to be their greatest treasure, and they put to death many of other tribes who sought to steal it.
he exclaimed, in much the same manner as when he had finished reading the article about the idol.
The 'independent electors' of the valley were not to be brow-beaten by chiefs, priests, idol or devils.
The idol was partly concealed by the foliage of a tree which stood near, and whose leafy boughs drooped over the pile of stones, as if to protect the rude fane from the decay to which it was rapidly hastening.
When his indignation had subsided a little he whirled the idol about most profanely, so as to give me an opportunity of examining it on all sides.
To settle this they beat their idols
soundly against each other; whichever first loses a tooth or a claw is considered as confuted, and his votary retires from the field.
And when he inquired of the high priest who should first profane the altars and temples of their idols with the enclosures that were about them, Coifi answered,
And mounting the same he set out to destroy the idols.