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A P Elkin - Aboriginal men of high degree - Mulukmuluk



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Aboriginal men of high degree – A P Elkin

Referring to one of these tribes, the Mulukmuluk, W. E. Harney tells me that a man who becomes a doctor is attacked in some secluded spot by numerous devils. These kill him by splitting him open along the abdomen, and they then cook and eat him. The devils carefully collect the bones into a basket, which two of them rock until the man becomes alive again. He is then asked what type of kurang, or doctor he desires to be, specializing in extracting deadly poison (mauia) or in extracting bits of bone, stones, and such like. 

The source of the experience

Australian aboriginal

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