National Geographic : 1977 Jul
Flames of revenge cook a banana-leaf packet (left) of poisonous bark and an intend ed victim's "essence," such as nail parings or feces. The Gimis attribute most death and illness to rituals similar to this, initiated by men seeking to avenge the death of another. Although a new law forbids sorcery, the practice contin ues. Kuabe of Ubaigubi (be low) defends a seated relative accused of causing illness in nearby Maiva. Men from that village had been invited to answer charges that they in flicted sickness on an Ubaigu bian. Onlooker Kegebi (be low, right) adds his opinion.