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date: 14 October 2019

Sosomlocked

  • Margaret J. Kartomi,
  • Mervyn McLean
  •  and Don Niles

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Bullroarer of the Marind people of Papua, Indonesia. It is commonly an oval-shaped wooden slab, pointed at one end of the oval, and narrowing and then expanding at the other end to a fish-tail shape. Both sides are slightly convex. There is no standard size, but it is often about 40 cm long and has figures carved on it. It is identified with Sosom, a gigantic mythical monster who devours initiates but later brings them back to life....

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