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The warriors having returned, another ceremony was held. The
i women wailed in anguish and the men sang the farewell songs. Very pathetic and solemn was the occasion, for these were the fare well utterances to the warriors who had fallen in battle. The war riors, having slain the enemy, must isolate themselves for sixteen days, fasting the greater part of the time. This law was most strict ly observed by the Pima, in the belief that amidst the quietness of nature the spirits can purify them in secret from their deeds. Dur ing the period of isolation, a warrior was not to touch his head with his fingers, or his hair would turn white he was not to touch his hand, or it would become wrinkled. To the pima, death was not a natural event bat the result of magical influence brought upon the victim by enemies. After death the soul was believed to be transmitted into a hawk or owl. Others believed that the soul then journeyed to a world where there is constant happiness. Those who died during the day time were said to be killed by the sun, and night deaths were said to be caused by the night. 'When a person passed away, all his property had to be destroyed. His horses and cattle were slain, and anyone could partake of the meat except the near relatives of the deceased. All his personal be longings were buried and, alas! even his name was never again to be mentioned. For mourning, the relatives of the departed cut their long hair short, making sure that they buried the hair in the river bottom. Such hair was never burned, in the belief that it would cause headache and death. A desire of knowledge is the natural feeling of mankind and every human being whose mind is not debauched will be willing to give all that he has to get knowledge. 11. SAMUEL JOHNSON.