the case of persons of rank or importance the jaw-bones and horns are inserted into holes one above the other in a tall pole, whose number indicates the eminence of him who sleeps below. Such a memento stood within this Sauo homestead enclosure to mark the resting-place of the Datoa s grandfather.
When a king dies the chief officers of the kingdom are summoned to pronounce that he is really dead. As soon as
this declaration has been made the whole family, who have till then preserved complete silence, break out into cries and lamentations. For seven days no work is permitted to be done within the limits of the kingdom, no bete] or siri may be Used, and the people must cut their hair in token of mourning. For weeks and even months the relatives of the defunct ruler continue to arrive, and as each one must view the corpse as it