The Life of a South African Tribe

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Twins are not liked by other people. They are considered as bad characters. When the little ones begin to crawl, and chance to go towards the other huts, people throw cinders at them and drive them away, saying: "These are children of heaven. Be off! You annoy us!" If any ordinary child has a particularly bad disposition, one often says: "You are naughty! You are just like a twin!" "Hahla dja karata" (twins are troublesome) is another common saying; and if a child is really exceptionally difficult to deal with, people say: "Itis a twin! You cannot do anything with him!"2

Among the Kaffirs men refuse to sit long with a twin or to eat with one, fearing that they may thus acquire the twin-bearing quality and transfer it to their wives.3

2Junod, H.A.n/an/an/an/a, , 397–398.

3 Kidd, D., Savage Childhood, 48.

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Chicago: "The Life of a South African Tribe," The Life of a South African Tribe in Primitive Behavior: An Introduction to the Social Sciences, ed. Thomas, William I. (New York: McGraw-Hill Book Company, Inc., 1937), Original Sources, accessed December 3, 2022, http://www.originalsources.com/Document.aspx?DocID=TDGANCYQS9YPNDC.

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