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mound that the preliminary ceremonial dances take place
at which the women + children are present and
a cleared path leads from the Greater Būnan to
[the - crossed out] another enclosure called the "Little Bunan" enclosed by boughs where
the [teeth are - crossed out] tooth is knocked out. The women and children
are sent away for the [great - crossed out] Great Bunan before the procession
of the intiated with the novice take places along the
cleared path to the little Bunan.

The difference between the Bunan and the Kuringal
is mainly in the absence of the earthen mound of the
cleared path to the lesser Bunan and in the more or less
extended or developed ceremonial.

I shall now describe the Kūringal ceremonie [sic]
of the coast tribe at which I was present and indeed
which were held at my instance asking through some of the old men including
two of their leading medicine men. These negociations [sic] and the
messages which had to be sent to and from the coast took up twe
lve months during which my own messenger, then Headman of the
Snowy River tribe [travelled - crossed out] made this journey going + coming of nearly three hundred miles.

[On the arrival of a contingent - crossed out]
Men who attended [these ceremo- crossed out] this Kuringal were
from a tract of country which lay [??] far as extending along the
south coast from Twofold Bay to the Shoalhaven River and
inland from the Victorian Boundary line to Braidwood.

On the arrival of a contingent led by the messenger
who summoned it, the party halts within hearing
distance of the Camp and a peculiar long drawn out "Coo-ee"
by the messenger announces its arrival. On this being
answered from the Camp the men follow
their conductor to the ceremonial place, which the women
proceed to encamp on that side
of the general encampment which is nearest to their own
country.

Meanwhile the men having reached the ceremonial
place, which in this instance was about
a quarter of a mile from the main camp, sit down while
after a silence the headman of the newly arrived contingent
and the head man of the people who receive it, converse
finally all the old men converse together either about the
ceremonie [sic] to be held or about news brought by the new arrivals
The arrival of a contingent of often arranged to be about
nightfall

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