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Interesting. I have never read about the Tiwi culture, but I know that the Trobriand Islanders have very similar beliefs about conception being caused by ancestral spirits. They believe that the role of the father is to "nourish" the already present fetus though sexual intercourse, and that this is what causes the child to resemble the father. For someone to say that a baby does not resemble the father is a big insult!franznietzsche said:There is an aboriginal culture on an island north of australia, the Tiwi, where the role of the man in conception is entirely denied. The traditional belief is that a woman is impregnated by spirits, and this can happen at any time during her life. Consequently all women in the tribe were always married. Men didn't get married until 30 or so, and usually married an old widow as their first wife (who would then manage younger wives for him). But from the day of birth, women were always married, at all times, so that if she did become pregnant there would be a husband to care for the child.