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Women of all nations : a record of their characteristics, habits, manners, customs, and influence / edited by T. Athol Joyce and N.W. Thomas
Bib ID 669052
Format BookBook
Description New York : Metro Publications, 1942 
663 p. : ill. 

Includes "Australia" by N.W. Thomas (pp.130-150) ; physical appearance, clothing & dress (opossum or kangaroo skin cloak in southern Australia), Narran River & Culgoa River creation myths, Tully River conception beliefs, Cape Bedford & Pennefather River conception beliefs, birth customs (Narran River), Central Australian speech taboo after birth, infanticide, child rearing, wooden dish as carrying basket, mutilation of girls (little finger joints, tooth avulsion, nose piercing), food quest, recreations (split cane dolls, string games), infant betrothal (swansdown decoration), pre-marriage cicatrization body decoration, marriage by elopement, age at marriage, polygamy, clubbing or spearing punishment for infidelity, wife lending, Dieri pirrauru system, marriage rules, section & subsection systems, avoidance relationships, division of labour, list of material possessions reported by Grey in Western Australia, hut construction, preparation of grass seed, food restrictions (Wakelbura, Murray River), fishing (mussels, crayfish - Lake Alexandrina), use of nets & canoes (Port Jackson), mourning customs - Central Australia (ritual head cutting, silence) - eastern Australia (grave hut, kopi cap), carrying of dried corpse, Western Australian mourning customs, avenging party (Adelaide River), womens fights, womens ceremonial role (possum skin musical accompaniment, dance movements), female sorcerer (ritual stick killing, love magic), burial customs for old women (cremation of Bennilongs wife, Port Jackson, 1796; Narran River burial), rain making, after death beliefs; plates include natives from Cape Direction, Workii tribe, Moruya tribe, Larrakia, Woolna; p.151-153; Origin of Torres Straits natives, cicatrization (clan emblems), clothing (sago plant fibre), puberty ceremonies on Mabuiag (seclusion, shell ear pendants, ritual bathing), Torres Straits courtship customs, Saibai pregnancy ceremony.

Subjects Women -- History.  |  Women -- Social conditions.  |  Ceremonies - Marriage.  |  Social behaviour - Roles.  |  Death - Mourning.  |  Costume and clothing.  |  Death - Mortuary / funeral ceremonies - Burial.  |  Hunting, gathering and fishing.  |  Australia.
Other authors/contributors Thomas, Northcote Whitridge, 1868-1936  |  Joyce, Thomas Athol, 1878-1942


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