FROM TONKIN TO INDIA
he should seek to place his hands upon a child of the debtor. By this process a terrible malediction is conferred on the defaulter.
Should a rich man fall sick and fail of a cure, he procures a consenting pauper, dresses him in his own finery, gives him his arms,
and turns him adrift, in the hope that the evil spirit, hoodwinked by the disguise, will transfer his attentions, and torment him no more. But if no willing scapegoat can be found even for such a tempting bribe, a straw manikin may be decked in a similar fashion, and left outside. The clothes generally disappear, if not the disease.
A Thibetan of Tsekou.
Rich folk, when
they have attained a certain age, hold their own funeral obsequies in advance with feasting and prayers for a good end.
When the Thibetans have to defer the burial of their dead for any length of time, they place the corpse in a doubled-up attitude,
with the head between the knees and the back broken. It is