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shield, a bundle of spears, several boomerangs and various clubs used
for throwing. the women are seated in front drumming on their folded rugs
singing at the same time some song appropriate for the occasion.

The word baiequng which means a fatherless and motherless one
is one of the most offensive epithetswhich acn be applied to a Kurnai,
and would require a modified Nungi-nungit for its explanation, at which the
offenderwoould finally receive, unless he could ward them off effectively
with his shield , a certain number of blows on the head with a club.
The ordinary word used for an orphan is Yetherun.

After singing such a song, the women get up and walk forward
some thirty of forty paces, drumming their rugs as they carry them, and
then sit down again and sing. As they walk forward the men follow them
closely, crouching down as if seeking concealment, behind them.

All this time the aggressor is dancing his defiacne. Moving thus
forward the Nungi-nungit comes forward by short stages until about sixty
yards from the aggressor, when the women move off to one side leaving
the (?) and the Wait-jurk face to face. While the latter contin
ues to dance, or sits crouched behind his shield, the former extend
out in the form of a half moon so as to hem him in. The oldest of the
aggrieved now addresses the Wait-jurk with a formal statement, as for
instance, "Why did you kill our brother, (or such as the case my be),
with bulk". the reply may be " I never did any thing to him it is all
jetbol (lies)". Then the aggrieved make motions as of spear throwing, so
that the Wait-jurk may place himself on his guard. The ordeal then commen
ces by a shower of spears. the Wait-jurk may be at once tramsfixed, or
his shield may bne so full of spears that it is useless. If he escapes the
spears, he is then assailed with a shower of boomerngs, to be followed

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