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Infanticide
Mūkjara waint
Children belonged to their grand parents but his parents
has the care of them. If for instance a boy was born
and then a girl the father's parents might take them
or the mother's parents and so on with another couple
of children. Say then that another was born, if one of the
grandparents took it it would be kept. If not it was
killed, as being too many children. The grand parents had
to decide whether a child was to be kept alive or not
If not then either the grandfather or the father killed
it, by striking it against the mother's knees. and then
knocked in the head. Then the child was roasted and
eaten by their grandparents, their brothers and grandchildren
but its parents did not eat of it. Occasionally friends
were invited to the feast.
The father could not order the child to be killed for if so
the grandparents would raise a mob against him
and he would have to fight with them.

Marauras
speaking
(Wembaio)
I found infanticide prevalent. The women said that the
old men ordered it and it had to be done.
Infanticide was indiscriminate both as to boys + girls.

Turribul
Halfcaste children were killed by the
midwife.
Thos Petrie

Geawe-gal Infanticide was I hav ereaso [sic] to believe, permitted by the
Geawe-gal tribe, thouh [sic] I never knew an instance. They alleged that while
their food was abund nt [sic] and their habits were simle [sic], it wasat [sic] least unm
uncommon. They were very fond of their children, so far as I could
observe.

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