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Such beliefs as these explain much that would
otherwise seem [unnecessary? unmeaning?] or inexplicable in the
tribal burial customs.

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The Kurnai rolled up the [crossed out - dead] corpse
tightly and corded [crossed out - him] it in a sheet of bark [crossed out - They carried the] carrying it with them
[crossed out - corpse] it for a long [crossed out - period] time. In other words the dead member
of the group accompanied it in its accustomed wanderings.
That the ghost of the deceased was supposed to accompany and
watch over its living relatives is evident from the custom
of carrying the "brett" or dead hand. Soon after death
[crossed out - one or both hands] one hand [crossed off - or both] are cut off, or both hand or both the hands [crossed out - were cut off]
wrapped up in grass and dried. A string of twisted opossum
hair was attached to the [crossed out - both] hand so that it could be hung
round the neck and worn in contact with the bare skin
under the left arm. It was carried by the parent, or child
brother or sister of the deceased. The belief was that such a hand
would in the approach of danger punch or [crossed out - scratch] push the
wearer. This signal being given the hand would be taken
from the neck and suspended in front of the face, the string
being held between the finger and thumb. If the hand
remained at rest the question would be again put but now
facing another [crossed out - point of the] part of the horizon, and so on.
The response was by [crossed out -the] the hand indicating in some direction
and that was the one from which the danger is supposed to be

When the Aurora Australis, "Mungan's fire" was seen,
all in the camp swung the "dead hand" towards the alarming
portent, shout[crossed out -ing] such words as these "send it away! send it
away! do not let it burn us up!"

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The burial practice of the Kulin [crossed out - also points to the] [them?] that
[crossed out - belief of the] the murup of the dead "walked". With the
body of a man were buried his personal property and his stone
tomahawk. With the Woewurrung tribe ^it is said weapons were not buried
or placed at the grave lest the Murup "might [crossed out - 2 words]
do some one hurt". In one instance however, that of a noted hunter
his "Murriwun" - that is his spear thrower was stuck in
the grave by his right side " so that he might have it handy".

In the case of
[crossed out - The burial [??] however did pla who] Buckley
[crossed out - than when [??] ] a spear totem placed in the grave of the [??]
[crossed out - was which first a] Murraugurk [crossed out - because he was found]
[crossed out - near that persons grave and carrying his spear which] had
[crossed out - been stuck into it,] and the part of his being part of [the?] his was when
from as was [??] of the [??].

The Coast Murring having [crossed out - went] tied up the body of their
deceased member after the manner done by the Kurnai placed it
at the [words crossed out -first [?] high tree] root of a tall tree, up which the medicine
man climbed, followed by all the men present. They then
shouted out questions to the [crossed out - gh] tūlūgal (1) or ghost of the
deceased, and was supposed to receive replies, [from where?] as by
the name of the person who had caused his death.

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(1) tūlū - death
gal - if [??] [??] to
the [??] [??]

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