Tapoa Travel on There were, first, the phenomena of sleep and death as viewed from outside. To the observer it seemed obvious that although the man lay there to all outward appearance complete, something had gone out of him which was present to animate him when he was alive and awake. It was no part of his body, for no part of that was lacking. Thus there must be a separate spirit or soul, which literally left the body, usually through the mouth, either temporarily in sleep and unconsciousness, or permanently in death.
Corroboration of this view was forthcoming in another class of phenomenon, those connected with dreams and visions.
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To dream of another person was taken to mean that his spirit actually came and visited the dreamer. Now to the savage all nature is akin.
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