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is worn thrust through the perforated
septum of the nose (cŭt-bŭt-gaua).
These [represent - are - crossed out] comprise the mans ceremonial
dress. This set is given by some ['friend' - crossed out]
relative or friend or by several. It is
not however confined to manhood for
small sets are made sometimes for the
[children - crossed out] boys. But the ngūlia [with - crossed out] and the pendant
bar-aine here only worn on ceremonial
occassions such as (*)corroboree or arranged
fights. The Jambi tells his boy to look at the
fire and not to move. All this time the
Gommeras are carrying fuel and piling
up a fire that is enough to meet the boys.
The Head Gommera only looks on having
given his orders to the other Gommeras
early in the morning so that they all
know what to do. The boys are kept
before the fire for about 20 minutes
and it is only about 10 yards from them.
Even if the wind blows the fire towards the
boys they must not move. It is the duty of
the Jambis to shift them. Behind each
boy crouches his mother, or his "mimmŭng"
(paternal or maternal aunt) covered up closely with
boughs. The time being up during which
the boys are kept before the fire the
mūdthe is sounded at a little distance
behind the women. At this signal the
Jambis make the boys run across the
Būnan and a little way up the cleared
track where they lie down and are
closely covered up with 'possum rugs

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Kat-tirr (*)

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