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Plate XVIII. Petitions Addressed to the King by the Wives whose Husbands have Died
The wives of such as have fallen in war, or died by disease, are accustomed to et together on some day which they find convenient for approaching the chief. They come before him with great weeping and outcry, sit down on their heels, hide their faces in their hands, and with much clamor and lamentation require of the chief vengeance for their dead husbands, the means of living during their widowhood, and permission to marry again at the end of the time appointed by law. The chief, sympathizing with them, assents; and they go home weeping and lamenting, so as to show the strength their love for the deceased. After some days spent in this mourning, they proceed to graves of their husbands, carrying the weapons and drinking cups of the dead, and there they mourn for them again, and perform other feminine ceremonies.
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