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Manuel Pamkal: Kidjdjan (ceremonial taboos)

Manuel Pamkal

nûnh ngey
As for me
ngaye-wurdurdninj-kûno ke
when I was a little kd
bulungan kah-yinmowoninj dawo
my dad told me the story
nunh dayeboniyan
When you're hunting
dayeniyan
When you see
Kunabibi
Kunabibi ceremony
Yaburdurrwa Mardayin kardû nunh
Yaburdurrwa, maybe Mardayin
dayeyidjnjiyan
When you have had your
karrûwanjing
first time through the ceremony
o karrûburrkûnh mak manjh dangeybuyan
ro the second time through the ceremony, you can't mention the name of any animal
like bolungngong, o
like Rainbow Snakes, or
yawurral-ngong
taipans
ngurrurdu-ngong
emus
djah-dja-yinmiyan munu like
You're only allowed to call them
Kidjdjan
Kidjdjan
nunh mak bulu dangeybuyan
you can't call them by name
o kurnhnokah nunh kaye
If a waterhole has really deep water
wah kaye-kurnh-kûnûkûn
the water there is really strange
wadda kolhngeybuyan
you can't name the water there
Kidjdjan nunh manjh
Kidjdjan, that is
kah-wehno, nunh kaye-kolh
it's no good, to name that waterhole
ngeybuyan o ngeybuyan manjh
or mention the name of an animal
kenbo ngahleng-
Later then I... (changes voice to that of his dad)
nunh djahlng-
Like when you
karrûbakabaka-woyan, Kunabibi
have been through a good number of Kunabibi ceremonies
Yaburdurrwa
Yaburdurrwa
nunh kahmon
Then it's OK
dahlng
dahlngngeybuyan manjhngong, kurnhngong
Then you can start calling animals and places by name
kahmon
It's OK
Kanh yawurrinjkeno, kahwehno
At that age of being a teenager (in those days), it was tough
mak kangeybuyan, Kidjdjan nunh
You can't name those Kidjdjan things
kahke
, nothing
nalah-dja-yiniyan Kidjdjan
You will just say Kidjdjan
bonj, Bangardi
That's finished, Bangardi

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