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Re: Miles Keogh...Thank you
Posted by: Melani Van Petten (ID *****4840) Date: February 25, 2007 at 16:53:26
In Reply to: Re: Miles Keogh...Thank you by Anthony (Tony) Soika of 187

Actually, Keogh and Custer were the only ones who weren't mutilated. I think the "LOL" probably referred to the irony of being descended from warriors on both sides of the conflict. Also, mutilations done by Plains Indians on their dead enemies sometimes had spiritual significance. They believed that whatever the body looked like was how the person would appear in the spirit world, so they might cut off the trigger finger or put out the eyes of a particular enemy, to make it difficult for him to come after them in the spirit world.
I find this a lot less disgusting than the mutilations performed by Chivington's men on the Cheyenne at Sand Creek, since the troopers'cultural backgrounds did not include this tradition, but rather reflected the attitude you have displayed, making their behavior a major abberation.

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