Abstract

On the evening of April 19th, 1948, a circumcision ceremony began at Umbakumba (Fig. 10), Little Lagoon, in the north-eastern corner of Groote Eylandt, and each night afterwards the whole camp held a dance on the beach beside the lagoon until May 19th, when the ceremony continued throughout the night. The operation was performed on the initiates at dawn the following morning. I witnessed this ceremony from beginning to end, and visited a group of cave paintings known as Jundurruna at Amalipa, and a stone-arrangement at Lake Hubert connected with it. The Groote Eylandt natives are distinguished as the Ingura tribe.

 
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Bibliographic Data

Short Form
McCarthy, 1953, Rec. Aust. Mus. 23(3): 97–103
Author
Frederick D. McCarthy
Year
1953
Title
A circumcision ceremony and stone arrangement on Groote Eylandt
Serial Title
Records of the Australian Museum
Volume
23
Issue
3
Start Page
97
End Page
103
DOI
10.3853/j.0067-1975.23.1953.623
Language
English
Plates
plate viii
Date Published
21 October 1953
Cover Date
21 October 1953
ISSN
0067-1975
CODEN
RAUMAJ
Publisher
The Australian Museum
Place Published
Sydney, Australia
Digitized
22 April 2009
Available Online
22 July 2009
Reference Number
623
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