My informant Bairŭk belonged to the
Ūrŭndjeri Willŭm Horde whose country lay
between Bunyip along the Yarra Riv and
Plenty Rivers. ————
The Kūlin community was divided into
two classes Waa – crow to which William belonged
and Būnjil = Eaglehawk. Waa has no
totems while Bunjil has one Thara = small Hawk
[Margin Text:] Th is sounded so that “a” following is aspirated – th is not sounded here as in “the”.
The relation between Bŭnjil and Waa is called “Béarn” – i.e a Bŭnjil man and a Waa woman were Béarn - to each other.]
Marriage was only allowed between Waa and Bunjil (-Thara), not within the class or […].
Descent of all children through the father.
The child was supposed to emanate from the male parent only as to which William made the following statements. “The child comes from the the man and the woman is only like a nurse. I remember what old Bobberi, who was next to Billy Billary, once said. It was at Dandenong. Some boys were grumbling and would not mind him. The old man got vexed and said “why do you not listen to me – I am here – and there you stand with my body” (Indara ngarūngŭn mŭn ngŭrlik nŭnnŭn thŭmbŭn – [..]ŭrŭmbi-ek koy-ū-it wanthŭn-ara mŭrŭmbrek
Indara ngarrŭngŭn – listen ?
See the […] for child as made by man or woman […] - p. ]
Marriages were arranged by the old men, often when the girl was quite small. The young man she was to be married to used to give her father presents of rugs to give to her. When a meeting of the old men had arranged that the marriage was to take place they all went to the man taking the girl with them. When there and after a little time the girls brother said P/J[?]err. and all the men present responded with a deep sounded “ Wah!” The brother or an uncle father or mothers then led the girl forward and some old man would say “That is your wife. Don’t hit her or ill use her – the people give her to you”. Then to the girl he would say “If you run away from him you will be killed”. The man who receives a wife then has to give his sister (own or tribal) in exchange.
Marriage are arranged between the two fathers by themselves, but the girls fathers had talked it over with his
wife before he decided. The girl being promised the old men told their people and by [2 words illeg] the great meeting council decide when the marriage should take place.]
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