The Mountain Spirits and the Old Woman

	 
Long ago, the people were travelling.
And some old woman was among them. 
And it seems they did not like her.
Then it seems they spoke thus: 
"This old woman is good for nothing."
they said. 
Then they had spoken thus. 
"This old woman is good for nothing."
they said.
"Therefore, let's abandon her."
they said. 
Then they had abandoned her.
Then it seems she wept. 
Then these Mountain Spirits came to her. 
And they spoke thus to her: 
"Why are you weeping?"
they said to her.


"I weep because they have abandoned me."
she said. 
"I cannot see, I cannot hear, and I can not speak. 
	For that reason, I weep."

Then they began to sing for her
And she who had been blind, her eyes were made to open.
She who had been deaf began to hear again. 
She who had been blind was made to see again.


Then they spoke thus to her: 
"This that we have done is good. 
	When you return, tell them about it."
	they said to her.

Then she performed all of the ceremony 
	they had done for her in exactly their way
And in that way, she returned.


Then she performed all of that 
	which had been given to her in exactly their way. 
And, in this way, the ceremony came to be customarily performed.

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