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Different Cultures

gibbo

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Since doing FH i have learnt so much about my own country and its people. The below article taught me something i never knew. Tho it is sad it has to be respected as it is their culture. With the changing of time i doubt this would happen nowadays. I wonder if they are the only race who did this :confused:

The Advertiser (Adelaide, SA : 1931 - 1954)
Monday 14 August 1950

Aboriginal Twins Pose Problem At Darwin

CANBERRA, Aug. 13.

Aboriginal twins have been horn at the Darwin Hospital for the first time since the war— but their mother wants only one of them. Annie, a Millingimbi native, gave birth to the twins, who are named William and Bob, last week. Bob weighed 4 lb., and William 3 lb. The bigger baby is seriously ill and doctors are fighting for his life. Annie told a sister at the hospital that she would only keep one. Asked what should happen to the other, she replied. 'Give it to white man.' If both babies survive, the Native Affairs Department will have to look after the unwanted child. The survival of twins among aborigines is rare. Among more civilised natives several cases have been re ported, but bush natives never allow both babies to live. The weaker twin is usually, killed at birth. This is done for purely economic reasons. A nursing mother could not supply enough milk for two children while living on bush foods. In her nomadic state a mother would never be able to carry both children as well as camp gear, yam sticks, a dilly bag and spare spears. Most native women, however civilised, would not consider keeping both babies. Annie, although a mission native, is no exception.
 

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