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Fasting - A period of doing without food.  Indians fasted and prayed so that they might have dreams.  Sometimes individuals fasted as boys when they reached the age of manhood, or as men when they were initiated into some society.  On other occasions all members of a tribe would fast to keep off some disaster that threatened them.  In most fasts the person did without water as well as food.  Fasts might last from midnight to sunset, or for as long as a week or more

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