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Apollodorus, Epitome (ed. Sir James George Frazer), book E (search)
ghbouring nation of Central Africa. “It was said to be
necessary to destroy a tree upon which a person had hanged himself and to burn down a
house in which a person had committed suicide, otherwise they would be a danger to
people in general and would influence them to commit suicide.” See J.
Roscoe, The Northern Bantu （Cambridge, 1915）, pp.
24ff. （where, however, the burning of the body is not expressly
mentioned）. In like manner the Hos of Togoland, in West Africa, are much afraid of the ghost of a suicide. They
believe that the ghost of a man who has hanged himself will torment the first person who
sees the body. Hence when the relations of such a man approach the corpse they protect
themselves against the ghost by wearing magical cords and smearing their faces with a
magical powder. The tree on which a man hanged himself is cut down, and the branch on
which he tied the fatal noose is lopp