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A Further Contribution to the Study of the Mortuary Customs of the North American Indians

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Author: C.H. Yarrow
Language: English
Wordcount: 71,572 / 210 pg
Flesch-Kincaid Reading Ease: 45.2
LoC Category: GN
Downloads: 1,642
Added to site: 2004.06.30
mnybks.net#: 8250
Origin: gutenberg.org
Genre: Non-fiction
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hominy, and partaken of about sunset. It was believed that this fasting would enable the child to dream of coming events and prophesy what was to happen in the future. The extent and correctness of prophetic vision depended upon how faithfully the ordeal of fasting had been observed.

Modern mourning observances.--Many of those of the past are continued, such as wearing the hair unrestrained, wearing uncouth apparel, blacking faces, and fasting of children, and they are adhered to with as much tenacity as many of the professing Christians belonging to the evangelical churches adhere to their practices, which constitute mere forms, the intrinsic value of which can very reasonably be called in question.

The Creeks and Seminoles of Florida, according to Schoolcraft,[4] made the graves of their dead as follows:

When one of the family dies, the relatives bury the corpse about four feet deep in a round hole dug directly und

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