no one can come into such a group except by birth, with one
"legal fiction" excepted, which I need only refer to by saying that it places
4m on the level of 1m as his "younger brother".

I now require another diagram in which I shall show
how the pirrauru marriage works out. I take 1m and 2f as
my starting point.

1m 5m
2f 6f

7son 8son
NB 7son and 8son are
only used in this diagram

1m/2f are husband and wife; 5m/6f are also husband and wife. These marriages
I assume to have been brought about by one of the ways practised in
the Dieri tribes - for instance 1 and 2 when children were promised to
each other by their respective mother; 5 obtained 6 by gift [from - crossed out] for having
prevailed upon a pinya (revenge party) to forgo a blood revenge against
someone who could dispose of 6. Being brothers the pirrauru practice
permitted [them - crossed out] them to become the pirrauru husband of each others
wife. Thus 1 and 5 are the group husband of 2; and also of 6.
This is by a formal ceremony which makes them pirrauru.

Since 1 and 5 are the husbands 2 [?6?] they are both the group fathers of 7;
also 1 and 5 are the group fathers of 8. As 7 and 8 have the same
father they are brothers; 2 and 6 are both "ngandri" that is mother
of 7, because 2 is the actual mother, and [the other - crossed out] 6 is [the- crossed out] as we might call
it, the step mother of 7.

I think this explained the pirrauru marriage and also why it is that the
relationship terms recognise relations which necessarily arise out of "pirrauru"

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