Bear & Snake Man Chant

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Back at home ritual is performed for the warriors who took part in the raid, to "club the death ghost of enemy into the ground", and during the dance or sway-singing the maidens are told to choose whom they wish (as husband). Meanwhile, the two old men are camped at a distance and smoke a sweet smelling tobacco, a mixture of plants "which rob one of his mind", or make one speak without knowing what one says. They smoke " with apparent resolution, blowing forth cloud after cloud of filmy whiteness......," and as they do this they grow youthful in appearance, their tattered clothes become fine. After dancing, the maidens go for a drink. The maidens are enticed by the sweet smell of this smoke. The older sister urges that they follow it, while the reluctant younger sister in vain protests, "Don't do it, my older sister, is everything safe that smells?". Thus they are led to the men's campfire where they find them as handsome or beautifully dressed young strangers wearing jewelry. They realize that the men are aliens, "but a moment's hesitation gave them assurance, for surely, they thought, such finely dressed, handsome men could mean no harm." The maidens ask to smoke too; at first their presence and request are ignored. The young men pretend not to notice them and tell each other stories; they ask the girls why they go about like this, don't they know "that men had a great love for you." The girls admit to being drawn by the sweet smell; when they ask for a smoke the men deprecate their own tobacco or dispute four times, each asking the other to prepare it. In one version when asked about the delicious smelling tobacco, the men immediately invite the maidens to marry them and to come with them to their country rich in jewels and crops, where they will always live in abundance. The girls spend the night with these strangers. The older sister goes to the side of bear man, the younger to snake man; both are given a smoke, after which they lose consciousness, or "their minds were not the same as before." Each lies behind her man, strapped to him with a rainbow (bear man) or a snake. (Of the latter it is said that "he bothers people across their loins by that which he had used in strapping her to himself.") The girls wake in the morning to find a bear and snake guarding the entrance; their husbands have turned to shriveled, disgusting old men. The girls want to escape, but their people have now turned on them in anger for disobeying the plans made for them and want to beat them to death for their marriage choice. When they try to carry this out, the girls are borne off on magic baskets or on the "live one's Plume" and "pulp of flag" given them by their husbands. With return home thus blocked, the girls flee. Their husbands track them by smoking and following the direction in which the smoke blows. Their disillusionment and flight conclude the story of Enemy Way; the further account of their pursuit and adventures with their husbands' people constitute the Beauty and Mountaintop Way legends. Pgs. 216, 217: Enemy way.

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