All that day the drums resounded, the priests chanted
, and the multitude feasted and roared till sunset, when the throng dispersed, and the Taboo Groves were again abandoned to quiet and repose.
During the balance of the day the priests of Opar were busy erecting an altar in the center of the clearing, and while they worked they chanted weird hymns in the ancient tongue of that lost continent that lies at the bottom of the Atlantic.
They laid hands upon Tarzan and bore him forth, and as they chanted they kept time with their crooked bodies, swaying to and fro to the rhythm of their song of blood and death.
And through their scurrying leaped the man, squarely upon the body, where, in the white electric light, resting on his club, he chanted
a triumph in an unknown tongue--a song so ancient that Professor Wertz would have given ten years of his life for it.
Down he sank in a chair--ran his hands through his hair-- And chanted
in mimsiest tones Words whose utter inanity proved his insanity, While he rattled a couple of bones.
Another thought that a scarlet mole should be buried alive in the public park and a suitable incantation chanted
over the remains.
So I drove her into it, and through it, and across, and maundered aloud and chanted
my disdain for all the books and schools.
First, during the ceremonies on Good Friday, the day when Christ was crucified, the cross which stood all the year above the altar, bearing the Savior's figure, was taken down and laid beneath the altar, a dramatic symbol of the Death and Burial; and two days later, on 'the third day' of the Bible phraseology, that is on Easter Sunday, as the story of the Resurrection was chanted by the choir, the cross was uncovered and replaced, amid the rejoicings of the congregation.
One priest dressed in white robes sat, to represent the angel, by one of the square-built tombs near the junction of nave and transept, and three others, personating the Marys, advanced slowly toward him while they chanted their portion of the same dialog.
Led by Jain monk Namramuni Maharaj, the devotees chanted
the revered 'Navkar' mantra for over an hour.