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"both people said when I asked why. In Wind Hills the only memorials are bodies of water, reflecting heaven, but darker, backwards. In winter the hill dwellers chisel messages into the ice. Fistia's citizens erect temples for themselves and leave their dead under shabby lean-tos, while their neighbors in Magara build palaces for their deceased and live in hovels. In Haun mourners stand with one foot in the grave. On Cyrix Island the grieving cast earth on the casket, mirroring the rice thrown after marriages. Whether they want to throw dirt at death or add a token of their own mortal flesh to a friend's grave, they wouldn't say. At first I thought Xenia's inhabitants covered mirrors in the house of the deceased to shun vanity in the face of death. Then one Xenian told me that mirrors could trap souls trying to depart. But I've learned to distrust the reasons people give. Does

 
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[FICTION] Chicago Review (1994)