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- Needham (20), in discussing voyages and discoveries of the ancient Chinese, and Mayas as described by the Chinese, but even stranger that on both sides of the Pacific, jade beads or cicadas should have been placed in the mouth of the dead, and astonishment turned to conviction when one learned that in all these civilizations the jade corpse-amulet were sometimes painted with the life-giving color of red cinnabar or hematite." He also says that the Amerindian peoples mostly place jade beads in the mouth, but they also carve jade cicadas to go alongside." The Mexican author and artist Covarrubias (11) has essentially the same information. The Oraibi Indians of Arizona, according to Clausen (10), also thought that the cicada's life cycle symbolized resurrection.
--KYPark 07:27, 15 February 2007 (UTC)