ritual object; arrow

Arrow for drawing blood (Bedamuni: agi taadi). The arrow is used to relieve pain by bleeding the affected area. The point of the arrow is set with a piece of razor blade (érésa), and its shaft is made from ofa (sago palm rib).

When a person has severe pains, he asks for a relative to ‘shoot’ with a bow and arrow at certain places to draw blood and to relieve the pain.

This arrow was made by Siégi.

Arrow for drawing blood (Bedamuni: agi taadi). The arrow is used to relieve pain by bleeding the affected area. The point of the arrow is set with a piece of razor blade (érésa), and its shaft is made from ofa (sago palm rib).

When a person has severe pains, he asks for a relative to ‘shoot’ with a bow and arrow at certain places to draw blood and to relieve the pain.

This arrow was made by Siégi.

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