Ceremony to Mourn Dead in Aboriginal Culture

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Women clutch painted poles as they grieve for loved ones who died.  This is part of the cleansing ceremony on Tiwi Islands. A cleansing ceremony is the final ceremony in the death of a family member.  A year or so after the funeral the family gets together and paints pukamani poles and places them around the grave.  Some communities won't say the name of the deceased or go back into the home until there is a big cleansing rain. <br />
 Relatives of this family brought pukamani poles from Snake Bay on the other side of the island.  They continued with this ceremony even though there was an impending cyclone.
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