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Title: SD1-124
Issue Date: 21 Aug 2014
Description: Genre: Oral history. Theme: Kidnapping-headhunting and construction sacrifice. Also appendix to the article: Danerek, Stefan. 2016. Indonesia and the Malay World (45) 131: 88-107. online version (print 2017. ‘Big M’s magic power, of his God Jesus. On Holy Thursday, Pater M told us to go to Lio and back.’ Ngange and Wera sailed to Watu Sopu, Lio. Wera walked towards Bena, where he met a woman who was filling containers with water by a well. After enquiring about the whereabouts of her family, Wera asked her to fetch a bucket of water for him, and as she leaned over the well he poured ‘hard water’ over her. Then Ngange appeared and they carried the woman away from the well to cut her up. She was in a state of advanced pregnancy, about a week from giving birth. Ngange and Wera cut her from the navel downwards, and took the foetus out, wrapped it up and put it in a box. After that they moved the body again, buried it, and covered up the traces of blood with palm leaves. On Palu’e, M was waiting for them by the shore. When the three arrived at the church they immediately laid the baby, together with a yellow cloth and sweets, beneath one of two main internal pillars. Wera did not know the year of the mentioned events. Recorded by Hilarius Ratu in his home kampong Ndeo 21 Aug 2014 with the H4N Zoom recorder.
Pages/Duration: 0:04:40
Appears in Collections:Stefan Danerek Collection - Palu'e Audio

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