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Those few people are the ancestors of all of us here today. Rethuke is a terrible thing. It could have wiped us out. But he was sorry, and went back to Nipkimbihi. Stopped the magic, and we are here in these villages today. Worosambawi Maheyup - Tumam Village Rethuke was like chickenpox, but chickenpox is usually a mild sickness. Rethuke was like fire. People burned with it. Many people became ill with it and died. If someone became ill with it, they were quickly taken out of the village to a bush house to stop other people getting it.

The things introduced as measures to improve health are heterogeneous public health controls were sometimes enforced and belonged to political experience as much as anything. To have sores or bums or wounds dressed might seem to pose less threat than swallowing unknown substances in the form of pills. Why, for instance, are injections so popular? When someone has an abscess of the jaw, why give him or her an injection in the buttock or the thigh? Lewis was asked to give the injection in the shoulder so the patient could hold her arm up in the air and make the medicine drain into her jaw.

Those few people are the ancestors of all of us here today. Rethuke is a terrible thing. It could have wiped us out. But he was sorry, and went back to Nipkimbihi. Stopped the magic, and we are here in these villages today. Worosambawi Maheyup - Tumam Village Rethuke was like chickenpox, but chickenpox is usually a mild sickness. Rethuke was like fire. People burned with it. Many people became ill with it and died. If someone became ill with it, they were quickly taken out of the village to a bush house to stop other people getting it.

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