padala ? (Awl)

About this object

History of use

Used by young women in rituals connected with courtship, as revenge usually against men who have spurned courtship. Awl is planted in ground near path on which young man travels, a spell is said over it, and results (misfortune to him) await.

Cultural context

ritual

Physical description

An awl of cassowary leg bone, tapering to a point, and grooved near the joint end. The joint is dark brown while the point is light yellow. The surface, except for the joint, is extremely smooth, polished through use.