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To-day all the distinct peculiarities of these various peoples are, to the eye of the careful observer, quite as noticeable, among their descendants, as of yore, notwithstanding the intermarriages that have inevitably occurred between the different races, particularly since the Spanish conquest.

Again, the atlantes and the bas-reliefs on the pillars show the mode of dress in vogue among the higher classes of the

Standard-bearer.

Mode of carrying shield among the Mayas.

FIGURES FROM FRESCOS IN PRINCE COH'S MEMORIAL HALL.1

Mayas in remote ages, the ornaments they wore, and many of their customs, whose identity with those of far-distant nations cannot be ascribed to mere coincidence. These may also guide the ethnologist.

For the present purpose, it will suffice to mention various practices observed at funerals both by the Mayas and the Egyptians. Among the figures that supported the table of the

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See the various plates from the fresco paintings in Prince Coh's Memorial Hall at Chichen (Plates XXXIX.-LI.).

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