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“The people have been classified as Papuan, and all, except those under control, practice headhunting and cannibalism…Before a house can be occupied or a canoe launched, it is the custom to sprinkle the building or boat with human blood…. The heads of people are slain and collected….bodies are cut up, cooked in various ways and eaten. Thus the Government in its work of civilization is faced at the outset with the formidable task of suppressing a practice of homicide, which occupies a fundamental place in the social and religious fabric of the people… In October 1916, the villages of Moreri were visited for the first time. The people were living in one large house, which was entered by my party at dawn while the Moreri were eating the bodies of Irumuku natives they had killed.”

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