sanguma

book.gif (252 bytes) This is an entry in Mihalic 1971

Melanesian.

  1. secret murder committed by orders from sorcerers. The victim is waylaid, short posined thorns are inserted in to the base of his tongue, causing swelling and loss of speech. Then other thorns (usually from the wild sago plant) are pushed into vital organs, where they cause infection and eventual death.


Frank Mihalic 1971 (with permission) [Home]