At a distance of some two hundred yards
crouch the aggrieved. They might be numerous
as they included the widely ramifying greater relationship.
These men are painted with red ochre
as signifying their intention of [crossed out - frightening] revenging
their relative death. Each man is armed
with his [crossed out - sheaf] shield, a bundle of spears, several
boomerangs, and various clubs used for [throwing?].
The women [crossed out - Ile] are seated in front and
drum on their folded rugs singing at the
same time some song appropriate to the
occas [occasion] . Such an one is the following.
Nanamŭlk dina bramitel
why (think of ?) old husband mine
diˈnin baiˈëq[u crossed out] ŭng [
The word baiˈëgŭng = orphan (fatherless & motherless)
is one of the most offensive epithets which can be
applied to a Kurnai and would if used
require a modified Nungi-nungit for its
expiation - at which the offender would
finally receive when he could ward them
off completely [inserted - with his shield - ] a ceratin number of blows
to the head with a club. The naming was
used for "orphan is "yä therŭn".
After singing such a song the women get
up and walk [forward?] for some thirty or forty paces
drumming their rugs as they carry them, then sit
down again and sing. As they walk find the
armed men follow them closely crouching
down as if for concealment, behind them.
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