Outline for religious studies

Outline for religious studies - Native American ZUNI...

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Native American ZUNI Mourners arrive while body is being prepared. Prayers are said and cornmeal is sprinkled on the body Body is laid out head to the east. 2 or 3 close male relatives measure the bodies length with a rope and go dig the grave Close female relatives bathe the body with suds made from the bulb of the yucca plant and rub cornmeal on it, never completely exposing it. Next they dress the body in fine new clothes and ornament it with silver and turquoise jewelry Each garment is gashed so spirits will be free If there is a surviving spouse they must be kept away from the fire and bathed in cold water. Also not allowed to eat meat or salt until 4 nights have passed. After prep of the body, its wrapped in blankets No one accompanies gravediggers when they carry the body to the cemetery Hole is made in the blanket or coffin so the dead person is not entrapped. During burial: mourners at home throw large quantities of good into fire for 4 night Kin of deceased break or damage all hi s intimate possessions. Immediate family must make figuring sacrifice ASAP The pinanne (spirit) of dead remains amount the living until 4 nights have passed. On 4
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