The Native Races of the Pacific States of North America; Myths and Languages

The Native Races of the Pacific States of North America; Myths and Languages

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1875 edition. Excerpt: ...heart; fear nothing to publish thy secrets in his presence, give account of thy life, relate thine evil deeds as thou didst perform them; tell all with sadness to our Lord God, who is the favorer of all, and whose arms are open and ready to embrace and set thee on his shoulders. Beware of hiding anything through shame or through weakness. Having heard these words the penitent took oath, after the Mexican fashion, to tell the truth. He touched the ground with his hand and licked off the earth that adhered to it;32 then he threw copal in the fire, which was another way of swearing to tell the truth. Then he set himself down before the priest and, inasmuch as he held him to be the image and vicar of god, he, the penitent, began to speak after this fashion: 0 our Lord who receivest and shelterest all, give ear to my foul deeds; in thy presence I strip, I put away from myself what shameful things soever I have done. Not from thee, of a verity, are hidden my crimes, for to thee all things are manifest and clear. Having thus said, the penitent proceeded to relate his sins in the order in which they had been committed, clearly and quietly, as in a slow and 38 Other descriptions of this rite are given with additional details: 'Usaban una ceremonia generalmente en toda esta tierra, hombres y mugeres, ninos y ninas, que quando entraban en algun lugar donde habia imagenes de los Idolos, una o muchas, luego tocaban en la tierra con el dedo, y luego le llegaban a la boca o a la lengua: a esto llamaban comer tierra, haciendolo en reverencia de sus DioseH, y todos los que salian de sus casas, aunque no saliesen del pueblo, volviendo a su casa hacian lo mismo, y por los caminos quaudo more

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  • Paperback | 292 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 15mm | 526g
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236508459
  • 9781236508454