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Family dramas

People in Kandon often end up marrying people they had referred to before marriage as their “siblings” (effectively, matrilateral cross cousin marriage). Usually, marriage is…

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Eat buffalo

Buffalo sacrifice in undergoing a renaissance in New Kandon. Following local usage, I use the term “eat buffalo” to refer to the ritual slaughter and…

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The Oath

The entire population of New Kandon took an oath against witchcraft, sorcery, and theft in 2013. Witches and sorcerers need to be physically close to…