Australian Museum Journal A circumcision ceremony and stone arrangement on Groote Eylandt

Shortform:
McCarthy, 1953, Rec. Aust. Mus. 23(3): 97–103
Author(s):
McCarthy, Frederick D.
Year published:
1953
Title:
A circumcision ceremony and stone arrangement on Groote Eylandt
Serial title:
Records of the Australian Museum
Volume:
23
Issue:
3
Start page:
97
End page:
103
DOI:
10.3853/j.0067-1975.23.1953.623
Language:
English
Plates:
plate viii
Date published:
21 October 1953
Cover date:
21 October 1953
ISSN:
0067-1975
CODEN:
RAUMAJ
Publisher:
The Australian Museum
Place published:
Sydney, Australia
Digitized:
22 April 2009
Available online:
22 July 2009
Reference number:
623
EndNote package:
EndNote file
Title page:
Title page (127kb PDF)
Complete work:
Complete work (1380kb PDF)

Abstract

On the evening of April 19th, 1948, a circumcision ceremony began at Umbakumba (Fig. 10), Little Lagoon, in the north-eastern corner of Groote Eylandt, and each night afterwards the whole camp held a dance on the beach beside the lagoon until May 19th, when the ceremony continued throughout the night. The operation was performed on the initiates at dawn the following morning. I witnessed this ceremony from beginning to end, and visited a group of cave paintings known as Jundurruna at Amalipa, and a stone-arrangement at Lake Hubert connected with it. The Groote Eylandt natives are distinguished as the Ingura tribe.