chapter  II
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CUSTOMS RELATING TO HAIR AND NAILS, HEAD AND SKIN

THE class of primitive customs with which I shall deal in this chapter plays an important part, not only among the South American Indians, but among savage and barbaric peoples all over the world. But whereas the existence of super­ stitious customs relating to hair, nails, and other parts of the human body is commonly known, the magical ideas connected with them are by no means equally recognized. To make out these ideas will be my task in the following pages.