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occasion for particular ceremonies. Their feasts occur, without determination, at each season of the year, above all to celebrate the ripening of the fruits. It is very common, therefore, for many families to abandon their primitive dwellings and to settle where new fruits ripen, or where the hunt is more abundant.

After the conclusion of a successful war, the victory is celebrated with noisy dances and songs, and the Coroados usually pass the severed limbs of their Puris enemies stuck with an arrow, and, on the occasion of the drunken parties, pass them hand to hand to suck them.

The Indians seldom get sick and, in general, reach an advanced age, which is rarely indicated by white hair. Most often they die from an accident or violence. They are commonly subject to eye and internal inflammation, liver disease, diarrhea, dysentery and fevers due to cooling, which are generally attributed to their way of life in moist and misty forests. According to the Portuguese, the inflammation of the eyes is produced by the use of tapir meat. Among the Indians, who do not associate with immigrants, there is no trace of syphilis, measles or bladders; If, however, the virus is brought to them, the spread of these diseases is spread as quickly and easily as possible. Your most important means of healing is rest and diet. As soon as they get sick, they light a fire near the hammock, lie down and stay quiet for days, observing fasting all the time.

Aggravated by evil, they call the paje; he treats the sick part with fumigations, with rubs of certain herbs, saliva fomentations, massage, blowing and spitting upon. The Indians endure with incredible insensitivity pains due to injuries, and, when necessary, subject themselves without fear to heavy bleeding or amputation of a limb. They practice the vein puncture, darting a crystal-tipped arrow into the arm, thrown by a tiny bow. Scarifications are made with a pointed cane chip, or with a very sharp pebble.

When an Indian dies, he is buried in his hut; If he lives with his family, he is moved to another abandoned hut. The corpse is buried in a squat or put in a large earthenware vessel, wrapped in cork or in an old cotton cloth, and over the earth of the grave they tap hard, making moans. Over the grave they leave the weapons of the deceased for a while, as well as wine, and they often repeat the funeral lamentations twice a day; on this occasion they cut their hair very short, or let it grow very long; women are also said to paint their body black. Still long after death,

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