Navajo avoidance of the dead is well known. Part of the explanation of this fear is that if a person died and was not buried properly, his spirit would roam the earth and find a home in a skeleton uncovered by erosion or lying close to the ground’s surface. Handprints on walls, bones in ruins, and artifacts at sites belong to those who have gone before and who may be searching for someone to haunt. (Photo by Winston Hurst) » Navajo avoidance of the dead is well known. Part of the explanation of this fear is that if a person died and was not buried properly, his spirit would roam the earth and find a home in a skeleton uncovered by erosion or lying close to the ground’s surface. Handprints on walls, bones in ruins, and artifacts at sites belong to those who have gone before and who may be searching for someone to haunt. (Photo by Winston Hurst)

Navajo avoidance of the dead is well known. Part of the explanation of this fear is that if a person died and was not buried properly, his spirit would roam the earth and find a home in a skeleton uncovered by erosion or lying close to the ground's surface. Handprints on walls, bones in ruins, and artifacts at sites belong to those who have gone before and who may be searching for someone to haunt. (Photo by Winston Hurst)


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