from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. The custom of depositing bodies in the branches of trees, practised by many primitive people — for instance, in North America and Malaysia.
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John Young, Indian agent at the Blackfeet Agency, Montana, sends the following account of tree-burial among this tribe:
A. Delano,  mentions as follows an example of tree-burial which he noticed in Nebraska.
Figure 18 represents tree-burial, from a sketch drawn by my friend Dr. Washington Matthews, United States Army.
a second burial or otherwise disposing of them when the flesh is quite decayed, 166; tree-burial followed by earth-burial in some Australian tribes, 166-168; general conclusion as to the belief in immortality and the worship of the dead among the Australian aborigines, 168 _sq.
Amongst the tribes which practise a second burial the custom is first to deposit the dead on platforms among the branches of trees, till the flesh has quite mouldered away, and then to bury the bones in the earth: in short, they practise tree-burial first and earth-burial afterwards. [