National Geographic : 1948 Mar
An Arnhem Land Adventure 423 White Clay Embroiders Lacy Patterns on Newly Initiated Clan Members Symbols are painted by old men in a pagan ceremonial roughly corresponding to Christian baptism. They represent designs "invented" by the clan's mythical ancestors. Their meaning is secret. This Ugly Death Adder Stole into the Author's Bed. "We Took Him Back Alive" In camp one evening Dr. Thomson felt "something clammy." Mistaking its venomous nature, he allowed the snake to crawl across his bare legs; then he made a leisurely capture (pages 415, 417). The death adder's spiny tail bears the undeserved reputation of stinging. Fangs carry its deadly poison.