George Scott Robertson.

The Káfirs of the Hindu-Kush; online

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quiver of arrows, another a spear, and many had shields.
All the Jast who took part in this circle dance went
singly, as did the shield -bearers also. The latter seemed
to have a particular step of their own. They kept waving



CLOTHES BURIED WITH CORPSES C41

their shields above them in a seniiciituhir swcei) aiul
turned half round as they did so. The remainder danced
in pairs in the usual way.

Soon after mid-day the straw fio^ure, which after
ten o'clock had been consigned to the care of toothless
but marvellously fluent old crones, was carried away to
the cemetery under a great deal of gun-firing. At tin-
coflfin-place the straw figure was burnt, as Sunra's and
Nilira's had already been burnt. The dead Hasti's homi-
cides were variously estimated, but all agreecl tliat tlicv
were between thirty and forty in number.

When a body is placed in the coffin, the clothes in
which it is dressed are left with it. Thus tlie two heads
and Basti's corpse would have all tlieir silk vestments
placed in the coffins with tliem. Should any one steal
this property, it is generally believed that he would shortly
afterwards sicken and die. When the straw fi



Online LibraryGeorge Scott RobertsonThe Káfirs of the Hindu-Kush; → online text (page 38 of 38)