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Twins Must Be Killed

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This chapter begins with an account on some of the strange beliefs of Ayamaru people such as the one on killing of one of newly-born twins as it was considered to be the Devil' child. It describes the importance of the ceremonial cloth kain timur for the Ayamaru people, and the willingness of the Sebyar tribe to give up their land, without compensation, to make way for better communications. The chapter then discusses the experiences of the author at the Mount Arfak to oversee the implementation of development projects and community development, and during his service as the secretary to the Streekraad (Regional Council) in Teminabuan. It describes the ending of the UNTEA period, the Act of Free Choice, and the onset of large investments in Papua.

Keywords:Act of Free Choice; Ayamaru people; kain timur; Sebyar tribe; twins; UNTEA



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