Howitt and Fison Papers





CicatricesAlthough it is said generally that the raised scarswhich are [crossed out - worn] carried by almost all blacks[crossed out - are] do not [?indut?] the tribe and are merely ornamental. I have [crossed out - met with cases] found [?instances?]whenthis was not the case.[crossed out - At Eucla the Ikulla tribe]In the [crossed out - Ikŭla] Yerkla tribe, the Great Australian Bight, thescars are cut by the medicine men (Mobŭngbai)and shew the class to which the individualbelongs. Thus:Būdira, [crossed out - the marks] three cicatrice running from breast to breast, andthence on each shoulder.Kūra - one [crossed out - mar] horizontal between the breasts, three vertically in the bicepsof each arm.Būdū three horizontal between the breasts and below [crossed out - the] a linewhich would [crossed out - come] pass through the nipples. Two above theseinclined at an angle from each other - resemblinga letter V. Five horizontal lines on each biceps [sic]Wenŭng - [crossed out - three m] perpendicularly between the breastsOther [crossed out - marks] scars are made indicatinghardiness and strength.

[written in side margin]Yerkla

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