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Aboriginal Sorcery (1891)

Aboriginal Sorcery (1891)

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Morning Bulletin 1891 (Nov 27)
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Morning Bulletin (Rockhampton, Qld.

: 1878 - 1954), Friday 27 November 1891, page 3
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.

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are

AUSTRALIAN

results.

In the Ta-ta-thi tribe the

upon

two

rain-

ABORIGINES. The Gentleman'ëMagasine contains the
blackfellows notes on our " blackthe medicine men, fellow doctors," claim the power to heal spells, diseases and remove they are
;

following

While

piece of uses a transparent maker white quartz, which he wraps up in Emu feathers, having first broken off a small piece; which he spits up towards the sky. The quartz and feathers are then soaked in water, and afterwards carefully hidden. the entrails of for
an

of the grave. trees to the north-west They say the " black will rise up white fellow." Among the Encounter Bay tribes all the apertures of a corpse arc sewn The person who performt up. this service runs some risk if he does
os,

also prepared to infliot evil for a consideration. They are not only doctors (maykeeka), but wizards, and adepts in their enumerate To brief practices would CU a volume. A suffice. notice must Undoubtedly they inagioal
arts.

Among

the

Myappe

not provide himself with if the Btring should to the
is
manner

understand, hypnotic
art.

and

make

use

of,

the

opossum are steeped days ; when decomThis, it is posing they are taken out rain. believed, will alwayB cause Or a native cat is skinned and hung on a tree for the purpose.
in water
some

attributed deceased, known
if

good string break, it it tilt displeasure of
a

who

in this

charmed by him.
the small quill
to

to make that he has boer In the same manner used as a needle fail!
flesh easily, th(

supposed

Throwing the subjects into a deep sleep, they will compel them reveal secrets, and even to see visions, The possession of some pine and die.
of the part of the belongings expedites the magician's plan.
less

It has been stated that the Austrareligion. lian tribes are wholly without This is an error. They believe that the

the penetrate slightest movement,
i

caused by pressinj
the flesh,
ÍB
on

the
! j

blunt

point

into

posed to be spontaneous motion
part of the corpse, and

sup Hu

subject This
is

The wonderful than it appears. imagination has greater power than is supposed, minds. especially
over

god who comes down at the boorrah is good and powerful ; that he saves them by his strength ; that he is very ancient, but never grows older. The Myooolon
tribe believe in
life,

to indicate thai

after

death,

in

undisciplined

popularly are Some black seers the supposed to be able to command spirits, elemental fetch back departed spirits, and at render ghosts visible

Of the practices attributed to these men, that of " taking kidney fat " from their victims is most feared. Belief in their power to accomplish this prevails through the entire continent. In innumerable instances persons have
died, believing this art. hypnosis practice. brewin, the them
or

camp explicable.

fires.

Hypnotism

renders

this

Yalairy-the road to which is the Milky Way. Here a spirit will look after them, and here they will find trees, water, game, dogs, and their women and children. The practice of knocking out the two front teeth is a religious one. Those who have been so
mutilated drink, will have others clear will while to water only have

muddy water. fellow idea, or

themselves
real

victims
it

of

So
is

does the

clearly at

seem, that basis of the

Thus, among
wizards,
are

the Kurnai, the thought to cast by. pointing
1

victims

into sleep

at

with the yerttmg-a bone instruthe fibula of a made from ment kangaroo. Among the Wotjobaluk the victim,- after being half strangled, is laid ; upon his back then' the banged,
or

wizard,

opens the fat from the

gets astride of his «best, right side, and extracts the kidneys.

He-then

joins

the

cuts,

and,

after singing

his spell,

to render the opening scar less. Af ter this he retires, and sings a which the magical melody awakens victim, causing him to stagger, wonderto be " sleeping out ing how he came It is believed that by partakthere." fat the eater acquires his victim's strength. So also it is thought
a

bites them

The Jump-up-white reappearance after death is likewise indicative of as a white man, religious faith, and belief in a life after death. The Wathi-Wathi believe that ; traps are set for the spirits of bad men if they escape these they fall into hellfire. The Ta-ta-thi Bay that a " doctor " once ascended into the sky, and saw a place where were burnt. wicked men is believed in as the Tharanadun is secret, Supreme Being, but his name und is only imparted at the initiation The women only know that ceremony. a great spirit lives beyond the sky ; they call him Papang, or father. These are beliefs, ancient although a careless observer might deem that they had been borrowed from the white men. The funeral rites of the tribes further indicate the existence of a belief that die, not as a men dog dieth. The tribes
on

The the sewer had caused the death. the Wailwun make great wailing over dead. They sometimes keep.' up the longer. nightly lamentation for a year or sign of mourning a both sexes AB with mud or plaster their heads over pipe-clay, and then gash themselves with hatchets. the funeral they At dress themselves in different styles, a When some wearing head-dresses. fat man dies they place his body in a forked tree, and anoint themselves with the which drops from him. grease They suppose that this makes them partakers of his health, strength, and virtue. They eat the heart and liver of This reason. the dead for the same tribe buries its dead usually in round or Kamilaroi cut oblong graves. The figures on the trees which grow round the graves, as marks of respect to the
?

dead. cannibal

Among
are

the of

Dieyerie
a as

tribe

practices
common

description funeral that forget tinually the the

disgusting parts of
is

rites.

The

reason

assigned

nearest crying.

relatives It
is

departed,and not

may be

soon con-

to be observed that these people do not eat their enemies, but their friends, and that they do this according to a prescribed rule.
is the order in which they partake of their relatives. The mother eats of her children, tbe children -of their

This

the

Page

and the Isis, when

about

to

ing of that

man's

human

fat

brings

good

hunting,

causes or

fly true to their mark, spears to the waddi« to deal resistless blows.
men

For

who can accomplish wonders human form divine, " rainmaking" must indeed be a commonupon
the It is, therefore, undertaking. place not surprising to find that, throughout Australia, wizards are credited with the possession of this power, which they exercise
it in.

variouB

ways-not

always,

must

results.

be admitted, with satisfactory In the Ta-ta-thi tribe the rain-

bury their dead, dig a round well-like hole, in which they kindle a fire. When it is burnt, they carefully collect the ashes on a piece of bark and throw them out. They then inter tho dead in It may a sitting posture. be this is an analogous custom to that of some races which bury their dead under the hearthstone. Whatever belongs to the deceased-weapons, rugs, and valuables buried with him. ?-aro Then logs are placed across level the with the grave roofed over ground, and with bark, upon which a mound of earth is raised. Serpentine lines are carved upon two
trees to the north-west of

mother.

Brother-in-law

and

sister-in

Uncles, nephews, law eat of each other. and grandaunts, nieces, grandparents, children do the
Bame.

But the father
nor

does not
offspring

eat of bis offspring, of their father.

the

In Wide

skinned,

first bodies to be eaten are and the skin is wrapped round a bundle of spears. This relic is carried In the native about with the tribe.

Bay

the

wars, in
men

some are

parts of the
killed
are

country,

the their

who

eaten

by

friends. If they die from wounds during the night they are eaten in the morning. A large hole is dug, and the

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morning. A large hole is dug, and the piece. body is cooked therein in one The inside is not eaten, but buried. The bones are either buried or placed in Children, too, are eaten a hollow tree. when they die. is fast disappearThis strange race
ing.
now

It may

be that the child is

even

born
"

who

shall

hear

the

last

aborigine

chant,.

Shield ot Burne, (pear ead club, Throwing «tiok ot Berar brioc: ot Waroll, The broad boomtnaa Waiat-belta and pendant!, apron et ute your eye«. Jump IJ amp With spear." the itnlgbt emu
I

Boor?on.

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