Katean Secret Society
A secret society of the Moluccas, or Spice Islands, of the
Malay archipelago. Anyone who wished to become a member
was introduced into the Katean house through an aperture in
the form of a crocodile’s jaws or a cassowary’s beak. After remaining
there for a few days, he was secretly removed to a remote
spot. At the end of two months he was permitted to return
to his relatives—theretofore unaware of his whereabouts—as a
member of the Katean Society.

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