bleeding arrow

Bleeding arrow with a flat, rounded iron head and a wooden shaft ('siteti') that tapers at the end, which has a notch for a bowstring ('lekejek'). The head is bound to the shaft with goatskin ('sanapati'). Used by morans and elders for either bleeding or killing people. It must stay at home unless hunting in case a cow gets ill and needs bleeding. Made by elders.

Arrowheads are made by a blacksmith and exchanged for food and milk. The arrows are made by elders and used for shooting with a bow (1972.107) into a cow's jugular vein to obtain fresh milk to drink. Bleeding arrows are never kept in the same quiver as hunting arrows, but kept in a safe place in the house in case a cow becomes ill and needs bleeding.

bleeding cattle

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