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Aboriginal Sorcery (1934)

Aboriginal Sorcery (1934)

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Adelaide Advertiser 1934 (June 16)
Adelaide Advertiser 1934 (June 16)

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The Advertiser (Adelaide, SA : 1931 - 1954), Saturday 16 June 1934, page 17National Library of Australiahttp://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article74110833
BLACKMAGIC
KurdaitchaAnd
Kidney-Fat
TRIBALKITESOF
THE
ABORIGINES
Cv
ERNESTINE
HILL
The
mut
i!:il
inn
of
an
evidently
..-ivil
;.-?-?
Jn.-m'vein
North
Queens
l.iml
lv'-uily.resulting
in
his
andthearrestofthetribal
'esc-eris
enly
one
instanceoftne
reversionofthe
primitive
to
theprimitive,
andofthestrangeandgruesometribalrites
thatstill
prevailamongtheaborigines.
,
Theblackfeilowhashis
own
ritual.
a
weirdfreemasonryofthesavage,
withits
outwardformandvisiblesign,easilyreadable
to
a
tribesman.
From
t;ic
Tribal
markings
ola'
north-west
native.knocking
out
ofthetoothofnimmanimma.tae
first
stage
of
a
boys
in
itiation,to
taloorgurra,whenHe
achieves
fullmanhood
asan
eider
01
the
tribe,thisritualconsistsof
a
seriesoi
physicalinflictionsandmutilations,sometimesof
a
distinct
cannibal
natureand
appalling
from
a
civilised
view
point
Ofthese
are
maam-boongana,
theblood-drinking,
thestoneage
sureerv
oftheinitiations
themselves,
andamongcertaintribestheceremoniesthat
attend
a
girl's
attainment
ofwemanhood.Buttheinitiations,
varying
as
they
do
throughout
thetribes,
are
thespecial
study
ofthe
anthropologist,
and.
a
lifetime's
study
atthat.
.
Quiteapart
fromthem,there
are
extraordinary
ritesandcustomshandeddowntnrougacenturies
cf
darkness.Voodoomagicsandsorceriesthat
belong
tothe
days
cfthe
witch'scauldron
the
rain
uiakings
andthe
bone-pointings,
the
i
singing
a
boy
to
his
death,impositions
'
ofsilencesandspellsandretributions
all
of
a
devU's
ritualofofsilencesandspellsand
that
are
all
partsof
a
devU's
ritualofsuparstitiousfear.
'
nnp
nf
rnc
most,
ferociousofall
is
niatcma.
the
kidney-fat
riteofNorthAustralia,
practisedby
the
Djauan
1
ribecftheKatherineRiver,theBerinkansofthe
Daly,
theYerracool
anc
othertribesofAxnhem
Land,
and
formerlyby
the
now
civilisedLarrakcahsofDarwin
itself.
Caught
alonein
the
bush,thevictimofthisunholyandunwholesomesemi-religious
riteisslit
with
a
crudeknifeintheabdo
men,
his
kidney-fat
extracted,andhe
isleftto
live
or
die.Thefat
is
occa
stonplly
partaken
of.
orworn
inthe
whiskersof
one
oftheold
men
toin
crease
his
mental
or
physical
powers,or
sometimes
hung
in
a
treetoexertevilinfluences
upon
an
enemy
camped
beneath.
A
murder
case
ofthisnature
was
tried
at
Darwin
a
little
over
two
yearsago,andtheaccusedconvicted
and
sentenced
to
life
imprisonment,
rust
longafter,thestation
manager's
wife
at
Burnside,
Brock'sCreek,
was
horrified
tolearn
thatthe
kidney-fat
ofoneofherhouselubras,whohad
mysteriously
died,hadbeenfor
months
festoonedinher
kitchen,
towreak
its
curseson
theheadofthe
Chinamancookbecausehe
was
''stingy
longa
tucker.''
CentralAustralianHorrorAnother
giuesome
rite
is
thatof
Kur
daitcha,
the
i;lood-vengcance
ofCen
tral
Australia,
extending
fromOodna
catta
andthecountrywestandnorth
cfit
to
tlielatitudeofTennanfsCreek.
Technically,
it
translatesinto--man-devil'
as
ojijosedto
maamu,
thesuper
natural,
andwith
all
thesorceriesand
secreciesof
mediaeval
revenee
itself
into
a
seriesofKuKlux
R'iq»ccfthe
desert.
Following
a
wife-stealing
or
an
imaginedbous-pointing
on
the
part
of
an
enemy
tribe,or
sometimesfromsheerblood-lust,
a
kurdaitcha
party
seisout.
consisting
of
three
or
four
of
thediscrest
oldermen,
on
murderbsnt.Forthem
are
fashionedkurdaitchaslipners,crude
little
bundles
of
emu
featliersmatted
together
withblood,andtied
on
with
len?
stringsofplaited
human
ha.ir,
thatleave
not
a
mark
upon
thervftact
sand.
'Jhe
menare
painted
infearsomeuncorroboreefashion,withstraightlinesofwhite
eaglehawk
feathers;streaksof
kopi
distort
theirlacesand
bodiesfromhuman
shane,
and
they
are
readv
atany
moment
to
'freeze'intothe
sem
blance
of
a
deadtree
or
a
pileof
stones.
Thesedevil-men
haunt
thescaksandrockholesuntil
they
coniffupon
thetribe
ofthe
wantedman,
carrying
spearsthat
are
reed-thin
audbrutallysharp,with
oneor
two
white
markings
uponthehaft.An
attack
is
invariably
madeat
daylight,
the
doomed
man
is
pinioned,
andthepartymakes
off.
litheblackfiguresvanishin'-
n
thegTeyofdawn,afew
mouths
laterthe
avenging
kurdaitchaputsin
an
appearance,sometimes
toexact
vengeance
from
a
tribeperfectlyinnocentEurcaitchaexercises
a
stroaielvpnotic
inSuence
uponthetribes
urougih
which
it
passes.Nowordof
U
isever
sent
along
insmokesignalsTheleaderofthe
ghostly
ganghasbeenknowntoslink
through
a
big
csmpwithout
being
noticed,
or
to
jump
:nto
a
clump
of
saltbush
and
utter'v

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