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with flowers, wreaths, and garlands of evergreen the restingplace of those who have been dear to them-a very tender and impressive usage, speaking eloquently of the most affec
tionate human sentiments.
Mr. R. G. Haliburton, of Boston, Mass., in a very learned and most interesting paper on the "Festival of Ancestors, or the feast of the dead, so prevalent among all nations of the earth, speaking of the singularity of its being observed everywhere at precisely the same epoch of the year, says: "It is now, as it was formerly, observed at or near the beginning of November by the Peruvians, the Hindoos, the Pacific islanders, the people of the Tonga Islands, the Australians, the ancient Persians, the ancient Egyptians, and the northern nations of Europe, and continued for three days among the Japanese, the Hindoos, the Australians, the ancient Romans, and the ancient Egyptians. This startling fact at once drew my attention to the question, How was this uniformity in the time of observance preserved, not only in far distant quarters of the globe, but also through that vast lapse of time since the Peruvian and the Indo-European first inherited this primeval festival from a common source?" What was that source?
When contemplating the altar at the entrance of Prince Coh's funeral chamber, we asked ourselves, Are we still in
That small present we owe to the ghosts;
Those powers do not look at what we give them, but how;
No greedy desires prompt the Stygian shades.
They only ask a tile crowned with garlands,
And fruit and salt to scatter on the ground.
The Romans believed, as did the Hindoos and the Mayas, that salt scattered on the ground was a strong safeguard against evil spirits.
R. G. Haliburton, "Festival of Ancestors," Ethnological Researches Bearing on the Year of the Pleiades.
America, or has some ancient wizard, by magic art, suddenly transported us to the south of the Asiatic peninsula, in Cambodia, in the old city of Angor-Thom? There also we find similar altars, figures of serpents, and the bird-headed god.
This bird, symbol of the principal female divinity, is met with in every country where Maya civilization can be traced -in Polynesia, Japan, India, Chaldea, Egypt, Greece, as in Mayach and the ancient city of Tiahuanuco on the high plateaus of the Peruvian Andes. In Egypt the vulture formed
SCULPTURE IN ANCIENT CITY OF ANGOR-THOM, CAMBODIA.
the headdress of the Goddess Isis, or Mau, whose vestments were dyed with a variety of colors imitating feather work." Everywhere it is a myth. In Mayach only we may perhaps
'When Banks, who accompanied Captain Cook in his first voyage, visited the great Morai at O-Taheite, he saw on the summit of the pyramid a representation of a bird, carved in wood (the Creator). John Watson, The Lost Solar System, vol. ii., p. 232.
2 Sir Gardner Wilkinson, Manners and Customs of Ancient Egyptians, vol. iii., p. 375.