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Their Relegion is without Form or regularity and tho in many respects peculiar to themselves yet it may be in many respects be compared to that of some of the Antient Jewish tribes — and their Traditions which are Numerous may be compared to theirs and in many respects correspond with our books of the Old Testament — They have Images but they offer them no kind of Adoration — their Deitys are three which are Calld by the General Name of Eatooa but worshipd as three distinct persons and spoken of seperately; [they] are Calld Taane, the first or Father of Gods, somtimes Calld Eatooa Nooe (Great God) and somtimes Eatooa Munna Tremendous or Awful God, Maker of the World and all things and the Cause of all things, light Darkness, Thunder Lightning and rain &c.

Oromattowtooa, or the Son who presides over War and peace who punnishes Chiefs with Sickness and Death for any Neglect of their Duty.

Teepahooamannoo — the Hoa or Friend of both and is their Messenger to Earth — these they style Eatooa fwhanow, po, (or po roa) — Gods born of, or brought forth from Darkness or Eternal Night, to these they never apply but in time of War, or when any Sickness befalls their Chiefs, as they deem them too great to intrest themselves in any Trivial or insignificant affairs and are very Cautious how they attempt any thing that may offend them, for fear they should destroy the World intirely as they were near doing when they were offended, having overset the World and broke it to pieces, which is the account they give of the cause of so many Islands as they are acquainted with.

Besides these, they have a number of inferior Deitys, evry Man & Woman having a Guardian Angel who they suppose to be the souls of their Departed relatives who have been Deifyd for their


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