arrow (weapons: missiles & projectors); arrow (hunting, fishing & trapping)

Arrow (Bedamuni: taadi, titaaro taadi). An arrow used mainly in war, but also for small game hunting. It is meant to break at one of the thinner parts and so to cause infection of the wound. The name of the arrow is derived from the decoration of the point, which is called titaaro (widow).

This arrow was presented to Professor van Beek, making it a sama taadi. Sama (initiation-brother) taadi are exchanged between boys partaking in the same initiation ceremony, at the end of the party. After this exchange the partners call each other sama.

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