Notes by Howitt on Kulin from Barak

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After the rain was over Buddha stopped on a rock
and xxx sat down whilst he dried his robe xx the
stripe of the garments are as visible as if newly done xx
so that in looking at it, it appears as if the garment had
not been removed and if one were asked to do it , as if
the trace may be lifted up - Boodhist –books
of the Western World - Trübners Oriental Series
pl 1– xcv. ——————

Buckley says "their notion of the origin of fire is this, that as a native woman
was digging at an ant hill one day, for the purpose of getting
their eggs for eating, a crow flying over her dropped something
like dry grass which immediately blazed and set a tree on fire.
For this reason they very much respect the WaaKee as they call the bird
and do not kill and eat him unless pressed by necessity.

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Document Details

Letter From
Letter To
Author Howitt, Alfred William
Country Australia
Colony/State Victoria
Holding Institution State Library of Victoria
Collection Name Alfred W. Howitt Collection
Registration Number MS9356/391
Medium Notes
Summary MS 9356 [Series] Correspondence and notes concerning aboriginal tribes - Aboriginal tribes of Victoria. [Sub Series] Kulin Nation [Item Title] Notes by Howitt titled 'The Kulin tribe. Informant 'Ber-uk' otherwise King William of the Yarra tribe'. [Summary note] 103 pages. Box 1053 [Folder] 2(b) & (c) [State Library Victoria record 2018]
Physical Description Handwritten notes, undated and numbered pages. Additional notations and annotations in the left hand margins; includes a newspaper article.