It was not the whole of the body that was eaten but the
muscle of the arms and legs and the skin of the thighs and
of the sides of the body.
An instance [which - crossed out] occurred long before the white men
came into Gippsland was handed down in the tribes.
A large number of the Brabrolung, Krauatalung and
Tatungolung had gone up towards the Maneroo
tableland in a war party. [At Gellingall, about - crossed out]
On the Buchan River west of Gellingall they left their
women and following up the River to [Fann where - crossed out]
[Fanwick now is - crossed out] a place called Fanwick
their spies surprised two Brajerak (see p._), an old
man and his son. The former was killed, but the latter
escaped. The skin of the slain man was eaten and
his legs cut off and carried to their camp, where the
old men roasted the meat and shared the flesh among the
boys, in order that “when the old men were dead, the boys
might know what to do”.
[On an - crossed out] When the Kurnai were on another
expedition under their Head man Bruthen munji to attack their Enemies the Omeo Theddora
on the Upper Tambo River, they surprised a camp then
killed [some of the - crossed out] the men and some children, but kept [keeping -crossed out] the
women. The skin of these Brajeraks was flayed from the
thighs and from the sides and was roasted and eaten.
Women were not permitted to see this or to participate
in the feast [??] of the spoils of the slain.
[In this instance- crossed out] Tankowillin the [?taster?] of the last mentioned was an actor
[also - crossed out] in this [cannot] case and was one of the spies who
discovered the two Brajeraks.
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