return to their user were used in hunting to injure fast moving
animals such as emus. If it came into contact with the animal's
neck, instant death resulted for the animal. If it were the
animal's feet, this prevented the animal's escape. Boomerangs
were also used as a club-like instrument. They were used in
competitions where users would compete to throw them the furthest..
When using returning boomerangs, the winner was the one who
best return his boomerang to its original position. At Vardnapa
ceremonies, boomerangs were used as clapsticks. They were
also used when someone died. Visitors would come and attack
with boomerangs, while the insiders would defend themselves
with athas and waddies. If the mourners' blood was spilt then
the ritual was completed because they shed blood for their
deceased. Normally, no one was severely injured.