Tsuni-||Goam


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If chiefs have become unpopular by some whimsical or despotic orders, very soon the tongue of the women—of whom a Khoikhoi proverb says that "they cannot be as long quiet as it takes sweet milk to get sour"—will lecture him in a sarcastic reed song. Once I saw a chief sitting by, when the young girls sung into his face, telling him that he was a hungry hyena and a roguish jackal; that he was the brown vulture who is not only satisfied with tearing the flesh from the bones, but also feasts on the intestines. On another occasion, a very old man had married a very young girl, and her friends sung:

"The geiris (first wife) is dismissed, his only great thought is the !aris(second wife); or, as we should say, "Age does not prevent a man making a fool of himself."2

2Hahn, T.n/an/an/an/an/a, , 28–29 (K. Paul, Trench, Trubner and Co. By permission).

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Chicago: Tsuni-||Goam in Primitive Behavior: An Introduction to the Social Sciences, ed. Thomas, William I. (New York: McGraw-Hill Book Company, Inc., 1937), Original Sources, accessed June 19, 2024, http://originalsources.com/Document.aspx?DocID=BJGDQ4N6X3LUMX8.

MLA: . Tsuni-||Goam, in Primitive Behavior: An Introduction to the Social Sciences, edited by Thomas, William I., New York, McGraw-Hill Book Company, Inc., 1937, Original Sources. 19 Jun. 2024. http://originalsources.com/Document.aspx?DocID=BJGDQ4N6X3LUMX8.

Harvard: , Tsuni-||Goam. cited in 1937, Primitive Behavior: An Introduction to the Social Sciences, ed. , McGraw-Hill Book Company, Inc., New York. Original Sources, retrieved 19 June 2024, from http://originalsources.com/Document.aspx?DocID=BJGDQ4N6X3LUMX8.