National Geographic : 1945 May
550 The National Geographic Magazine Robert S. Spencer from Methodist Prints Mourners Huddle About a Grave in the Ryukyus Islanders bury their dead in a sitting posture in a small tub or box, which is accompanied to the tomb by loudly lamenting relatives and friends. Three years later the grave is opened, the bones picked and washed in alcohol and packed in earthen jars. These are placed on stone shelves within the tomb (page 549). Methodist Prints Gallons of Shochu, "Burning Liquor," Age in a Shuri "Warehouse" Distilled from sweet potatoes, the liquor is cheaper and more plentiful than sake, traditional Jap alcoholic drink. Large quantities are exported to Japan. Awamori, stronger than sake, is made from rice (page 557).