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C.D. Warner, et al., comp.  The Library of the World’s Best Literature.
An Anthology in Thirty Volumes.  1917.
 
Burial Hymn (To Yama and the Dead)
Indian Literature
 
Translation of Edward Washburn Hopkins

To Yama

REVERE with oblations King Yama, who once went over the great mountains and spied out a path for many, him, the son of the gleaming sky, him who collects men. Yama was the first to find us a way….
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To the Dead

  GO forth, go forth on the old paths, where are gone our old fathers; and thou shalt see both joyous kings, Yama and Heaven. Unite thyself with the fathers, get satisfaction of all thy desires, in the highest heaven…. Yama will give to this spirit a resting-place. Run past on a good path the two dogs, the four-eyed [dogs], the spotted [dogs that guard the path]. Depart unto the fathers who rejoice with Yama.
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