On Tuesday from 1-3pm enjoy Australian Family Fun and create your own piece of Aboriginal artwork, didgeridoos, boomerangs, bullroarers
The great sacred and secret totem boards were brought to me, and the smaller boards and bullroarers
placed round about me, while all the men present chanted the sacred totem songs and waved green branches to and fro as we sat in a great circle round the 'totem' (dhu'gurr) fire.
It was some time since any central men's houses had been built there, so it happened that these bachelor quarters also housed men's ritual paraphernalia such as secret gourd instruments, bullroarers, drums, and dance ornaments.
Once again dur ing the 1950s, at the behest of and overseen by Lutheran mission workers, secret objects of ritual significance -- bullroarers and the like -- belonging to the village men were ceremonially buried; also, an important tabooed site (tut) believed to be the home of spirits and ancestors was leveled.
Rong specialists watch over a small 'thunder house' where ritual paraphernalia -- especially bullroarers and special stones, sometimes too the jawbones of now departed ritual experts -- are kept on a rack over a ritual fireplace.
I remain fascinated by his description of Lenten-time customary uses of clappers, inasmuch as groggers (clappers) and bullroarers
have been sounded since the Talmudic era by Jews celebrating Purim, a holiday that occurs about the same time of year as Lent.
Silverman discusses various objects and practices (anal birthing symbolism of the flutes, bullroarers
, totemic excrement, riverine mud, and the myth and the rite of initiation), all of them affirming men's envy of female fertility and the masculinization of motherhood.
The ability of Whites to control truth was believed to reside in their ability to conceal throug h more powerful and cunning ways than the Kaliai, who sometimes saw themselves as trapped in the false concealing practices of tradition -- like bullroarers
, tumbuan masks and other secret cult items of the men's house (Lattas 1992b).