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     The land of Wa is so warm, that they can eat fresh
vegetables in winter and summer, and they travel
barefooted.  There are rooms in the house, separating the
places between the parents and the children to sleep or
rest.  They paint their bodies with red sand, similar to the
use of powder in China.  Bamboo and wooden stands
are used for meals, but they eat with hands.
     On the death, there is a coffin but no outer-coffin.  
They heap soil to build a mound of tomb.  It takes about
10 days from the beginning of the death to the end of the
funeral, and they will not eat meat in the meantime.  While
the chief mourner cries aloud, the other people will sing
and dance, as well as drink rice wine.  When the burial is
over, all of the family goes for bathing in water, that is
similar to the anniversary shower (in China).
    On the travel to China crossing the sea up or down,
one person will not be allowed to comb the head and to
chase fleas and lice away, in the clothes left dirty.  The
person will be also prohibited to have meat or to
approach ladies, and the appearance has to be just like
the dead person's.  The person is named as a Chisui
(or Jisui) (meaning a blood sucker in Japanese,
but actually a mocked one
).  If the trip is lucky and
happy one, they will give their servants and valuable
things to the person.  If they get ill or encounter violent
accidents, they will try to kill the person immediately.  
Their explanation is that the Chisui (blood sucker)
has not refrained well.

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