Fieldiana Volume 11

Fieldiana Volume 11

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1912 edition. Excerpt: ...six direction lines with meal and then putting the six ears of corn, their companions, small stones, etc., around it and a little quantity of powdered herb into a corn-husk. While all this is going on in the kiva friends and relatives of the participants are repainting and generally repairing the old marauvahos I that are to be used the next day (see Plate XVIII). Or when it is necessary new ones are made. On one occasion I noticed that the chief priest made some Small black bahos in the kiva, that are attached to the upper end of the wide slabs. Later in the day the women bring these Marau-vahos or slabs into the kiva, where they are placed against the wall on the banquettes in the north end of the kiva. At about four o'clock in the afternoon the chief priest hands to two priestesses the usual prayer offerings and other objects again and Sends them to two different springs after water to be used in the ceremony and discharms them when they return, all in the same manner as has already been described under the notes of the fourth day. At about five o'clock P. M. the ceremony commences. It is essentially the same as that on the afternoon of the first day, only there are now more men and women present than on any previous day. On one occasion I counted thirty-two, including the ten leaders and a few small children. At about five o'clock the altar ceremony commences. No. 8 first sprinkles the meal line from the east side of the altar to the east side of the ladder, casting also a pinch towards the hatch-way. The chief priest then stands up and discharms the freshly put up altar by humming a song and sprinkling meal on a buzzard feather and brushing it off six times. After he has spoken a brief prayer the singing commences....
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  • Paperback | 44 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 2mm | 95g
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236814886
  • 9781236814883