The Northern Tribes of Central Australia  

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"The natives one and all in these tribes believe that the child is the direct result of the entrance into the mother of an ancestral spirit individual. They have no idea of procreation as being directly associated with sexual intercourse, and firmly believe that children can be born without this taking place. They are, for example, in the Arunta country certain stones which are supposed to be charged with spirit children, who can, by magic, be made to enter the bodies of women, or will do so of their own accord." (Spencer and Gillen, quoted in Malinowski p. 209).

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The Northern Tribes of Central Australia (1904) is a book by Francis James Gillen and Walter Baldwin Spencer





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