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Contributors:Pajine, Wage (speaker)
Wagene, Paji (speaker)
Danerek, H. Stefan (recorder)
Danerek, H. Stefan (researcher)
Danerek, H. Stefan (depositor)
Date Issued:18 Sep 2015
Description:Genre: Oral history/black magic. Title: Cawa Mawe, Kowa. Wage and Paji (husband and wife) tells the story about their ivory tusks, the couple Cawa and Mawe, male and female, that originates from a giant pig, not from an elephant. How the family first became in possession of it, its magic qualities – people are afraid of the tusks. They also tell about 'kowa', a kind of santet (BI. witchcraft), that some people could do in the past to kill people, usually because of theft. They take something from you, perhaps just the soil that you have tread on, and put it in corn leaves or something. Then you take this wrap and put it inside the ivory tusk (one or two), and close the hole, with red adat cloth (laka sina). This is symbolic of how the ancestor spirits will close the breath of the thief. They also utter a Pa'e (adat language, or 'bhulu wa'o') prayer to ask the ancestors to hunt down and kill the thief. The phenomenon is called 'kowa', and they also tell of how other people have done it, with a bamboo pipe that is closed from both sides with 'laka', otherwise it is the same. Paji's father had once done it to a family who kept stealing his coconuts. Three persons from a family (Landi with wife and child) dead within short time. Recorded by SD with Hilarius Ratu using with the AT2020 mic, in the early afternoon in Wage's and Paji's home in kampong Hoka (Ndeo). Wage and Paji also showed us the two ivory pieces, which requires padi offering, a traditional prayer, and a symbolic gift of money. Picture of Wage.
Appears in Collections: Stefan Danerek Collection - Palu'e Audio

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