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Hovatu-koiari

by Micha F. Lindemans
In Orokaiva (Papua) belief, the spirit of a stillborn or aborted child. The spirit is a foot high and has a long tail, which drags as it walks and is thrown over the shoulder when it sits down. The hovatu-koiari lives in the sago swamps and can be heard sometimes singing a plaintive song while scraping sago.

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