The Journeys of Rene Robert Cavelier, Sieur de La Salle, Volume 1 Page: 51 of 330
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than 60 old men, clothed in large white
cloaks, which are made by the women out
of the bark of the mulberry tree, and are
tolerably well worked. The women were
clothed in the same manner; and every time
the chief spoke to them, before answering
him, they howled and cried out several times
-"O-o-o-o-o-o-!" to show their respect for
him, for their chiefs are held in as much
consideration as our kings. No one drinks
out of the chief's cup, nor eats out of his
plate, and no one passes before him; when
he walks they clean the path before him.
When he dies they sacrifice his youngest
wife, his house-steward (maitre d'hotel),
and a hundred men, to accompany him
into the other world. They have a form of
worship, and adore the sun. There is a
temple opposite the house of the chief, and
similar to it, except that three eagles are
placed on this temple, who look towards the
rising sun. The temple is surrounded with
strong mud walls, in which are fixed spikes,
on which they place the heads of their enemies
whom they sacrifice to the sun. At the
door of the temple is a block of wood, on
which is a great shell (vignot), and plaited
round with the hair of their enemies in a
plait as thick as an arm, and about 20
fathoms (toises) long. The inside of the
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Cox, Isaac Joslin. The Journeys of Rene Robert Cavelier, Sieur de La Salle, Volume 1, book, 1922; New York. (texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth6104/m1/51/: accessed June 26, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; crediting UNT Libraries Special Collections.