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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1909 Excerpt: ...Example: Mamook tamahnous,--to conjure; "make medicine." Masahchie tamahnous,--witchcraft or necromancy. Mr. Anderson restricts the true meaning of the word to conjuring. Halo yaka mitlite tamahnous,--he has no guardian spirit. "'Klale Tah-mah-na-wis,' the name of the secret society of black magic."--Phillips. "There were four kinds of tamahu-a-wis, sometimes spelled ta-mahno-us, or spirit practices in vogue among the Twanas as there were among the great family of Selish Indians in Washington. The word ta-mahn-a-wis may be and was used in the sense of a noun, an adjective or a verb. As, a noun it means any kind of a spirit in the spirit world from the Sahg-ha-lie Tyoe, or supreme being, to the klail ta-mahn-awis, or devil, literally, black spirit. As an adjective a ta-mahn-a-wis stick, stone, person, etc., is a thing or individual with a ta-mahn-a-wis or spirit either of good or evil in it. As a verb It Is used in the sense of invoking the aid of spirits, as 'mah-mok ta-mahn-awis.' The four kinds of ta-mahn-a-wis of the Indians of the Twana tribe at least are: The ta-mahn-a-wis over the side,' the incantations of the medicine men; the 'red ta-mahn-a-wis,' the 'black ta-mahna-wis,' and the 'spirit land tamahn-a-wis.' The sick ta-mahn-a-wis was only practiced for the healing of the sick. The red, or pill ta-mahn-a-wis, was an assembling together, an invocation, in short, of the spirits for a good season the following summer. It lasted three or four days and consisted of singing, dancing, the beating of tom-toms, drums and the decoration of the face and limbs and body invariably with streaks and spots of red paint. The black, or klail ta-mahn-a-wis, was the free masonry of the Twanas and was without doubt the one great religion of all ...
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