The Advertiser (Adelaide, SA : 1931 - 1954), Saturday 16 June 1934, page 17

of silences

BLACK

MAGIC
And
1

that

spells and and parts of a devU's suparstitious fear.
are

all

ritual of
of all
is

'

nnp

nf

rnc

most,

ferocious

Kurdaitcha

niatcma.

the

Kidney-Fat
TRIBAL KITES OF THE ABORIGINES
Cv

ERNESTINE
mut
i!:il

HILL

The
..-ivil
;.-?-?

inn in

of

an

evidently Queens
in the
to

J

n.-m've

North

l.iml

lv'-uily.
and the
is

resulting
arrest of

his
tribal
re primi

'esc-er

enly
the

one

instance

of tne
the

of version tive, and

primitive

and gruesome of the strange the still prevail among tribal rites that aborigines.
,

The
a

blackfeilow

has

his

own

ritual.

of the savage, with weird freemasonry its outward form and visible sign, easily t;ic From to a tribesman. readable

Australia, River, the Berin ribe cf the Katherine anc of the Daly, the Yerracool kans and tribes of Axnhem Land, other civilised Larra formerly by the now itself. Caught alone kcahs of Darwin the victim of this unholy bush, the in rite is semi-religious and unwholesome slit with knife in the abdo a crude he and his kidney-fat extracted, men, is left to live or die. fat is occa The in the stonplly partaken of. or worn to in of one whiskers of the old men his or crease mental physical powers, sometimes or hung in a tree to exert an upon evil influences camped enemy case A murder beneath. of this nature little over two was a tried at Darwin convicted the accused years ago, and life to and sentenced imprisonment, rust long after, the station manager's was Creek, wife at Burnside, Brock's horrified to learn that the kidney-fat lubras, of one of her house who had mysteriously died, had been for months its festooned in her kitchen, to wreak the head of the curses on Chinaman was cook because he ''stingy longa
tucker.''

kidney-fat rite of North practised by the Djauan

Central Another
tral catta cf it

Australian

Horror of Kur

giuesome

rite is that

daitcha, the
and
to

i;lood-vengcance of Cen Australia, extending from Oodna
the country west and north
Creek.

tlie latitude of Tennanfs into Technically, it translates

--man-

devil'

natural, and

Tribal knocking nimma.
itiation,

markings
out

ol native.

a' north-west tooth of
a

of the
first

nimma

He when taloorgurra, 01 eider an as full manhood achieves a series tribe, this ritual consists of the mutilations, inflictions and oi physical of a distinct cannibal nature sometimes civilised view a and appalling from
to

tae

stage of

boys

in

point
the

maam-boongana, Of these are sur stone the age blood-drinking, eerv of the initiations themselves, and ceremonies tribes the certain among of girl's attainment that attend a wemanhood. the initiations, varying as they But the tribes, are the spe do throughout a cial study of the anthropologist, and. Quite apart lifetime's study at that. are extraordinary there them, from tnrouga down handed rites and customs Voodoo cf darkness. magics centuries sorceries that belong to the days and the rain cauldron cf the witch's the uiakings and the bone-pointings, singing a boy to his death, impositions retributions spells and of silences and ritual of all of a devU's
.

ojijosed to maamu, the super with all the sorceries and secrecies of mediaeval revenee itself R'iq»c into a series of Ku Klux cf the desert. a wife-stealing an Following or imagined bous-pointing on the part of an tribe, or sometimes enemy from sheer blood-lust, a kurdaitcha party seis out. of three or four consisting of the discrest older on men, murder bsnt. are For them fashioned kur daitcha slipners, crude little bundles of emu featliers matted together with blood, and on tied with strings of plaited len? human ha.ir, that not leave a mark the rvftact sand. upon 'Jhe men are in fearsome painted uncorroboree fashion, with straight lines of white feathers; eaglehawk streaks of kopi and distort their laces bodies from human shane, and they are readv at moment to 'freeze' any into the sem blance of a dead tree or a pile of stones. These haunt devil-men the scaks and rock holes until they coniff the tribe of upon the wanted man, carrying spears that are reed-thin aud brutally sharp, or with one two white markings upon the haft. An attack is made at invariably daylight, the man doomed is pinioned, and the party off. lithe black figures makes vanishin'n the gTey of dawn, a few mouths later the avenging kurdaitcha puts in an appearance, sometimes to exact ven geance from a tribe perfectly innocent Eurcaitcha a exercises stroaie lvpnotic inSuence the tribes upon it urougih which No word passes. of U is ever sent along in smoke signals The leader of the ghostly gang has been known to slink through a big without csmp being noticed, or to jump :nto a clump of saltbush and utter'v
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:nto a clump of saltbush and utter'v Little is eaten on c-sappear. the track and tmv firss smokeless are lighted and buried. Should a wandering hunter rcme upon th» ash-s of such a Cre he lies down immediate!v and crawls to nidmsr. and he dare not mention the matter, even to his own people for many months. But comparatively few of the purelv are aixjrigmal customs of such a re voltir? nature as kurdaitcha and kid ney-fat. ?.tany of them are instinct true w th a and a poetry hyien'c v.-fdcai for which the thinss of an 'little r.chTicced civilisation make re eempense.
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