Why an Ainu, upon killing this dipper bird, should immediately swallow its heart
"The water-ouzel came down from heaven. He is of a black color and lives along
the watercourses. His heart is exceedingly wise, and in speech he is most
eloquent. When therefore he is killed he should be immediately torn open, and
his heart wrenched out and swallowed. This should be done before it gets cold
or damaged in any way. If a man swallows at once, he will become very fluent
and wise, and will also be able to overcome all his opponents in argument.
"But the water-ouzel has power to help in another way. For not only does he
make people eloquent, but he also makes all who swallow his heart prosper in
wealth far above their neighbors. The person who is fortunate enough to swallow
one is called by the special name of Chikoshinninup epirika guru, i.e.,
'the person who has gained a charm.'"