into disuetude when it became no longer necessary.
We do not however find that the prohibition
is any stronger or any weaker among tribes divided
into four classes. I cannot say whether it is less
so among tribes having agnatic descent as I have
not come in contact with any, but as you say
the prohibition is universal throughout Australia
It is fair to conclude that it is not.
I find it impossible to obtain any
reason for it from the natives. Our very intelligent
fellow with whom I was conversing on the subject
said "You will never find it out because we don't
know it ourselves" and added that he believed the
law was handed down to them from the Būkūmŭru
who first inhabited the earth and were afterwards
transformed into animals.
I think very little of Mr McLennan's style
of criticism which appears to be based upon
a misconception if not ignorance of the Australian
class laws. I would be much obliged by your forwarding
me any papers on the subject when you are done with them.
I will try to get you the word for man
among the Darling River tribe. The Darling tribe about
Pooncarie and I think nearby to Wilcannia is called
Barkingi Did you get Taplin's book safely. I return
manuscript by this post and thanking you very
much for your kind offer to aid me.
My dear Sir
Cameron|A L P Cameron
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