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Kay Wurukrarin

'Rocking Canoe'

The customary rituals in the past, just like Christian ceremonies in the present,
produce something that people look at, conceptualize, and use for creation of the future.
Communication with the spirits has a long history in the Ambonwari. Many practices
have been abandoned over the years while some are still occasionally used.
One of the latter is kay wurukrarin or in English ‘rocking canoe’. This practice used to be
a traditional way of asking the spirit of the land or/and the creek
if one was going to catch fish or kill a pig.