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[A] number of women going out in single file to cut grass saw a deer. The first said, “Look, there is a dead deer,” and passed on. The third in line touched it and placed a pot on it to claim it. Later, the first claimed it was hers, as she had seen it first. The women took the dispute to the market court of the middle subgrade, which ruled that by Afikpo custom it belonged to the third woman, who was the first to actually touch and claim it.

  • Source: Ottenberg, Simon. Leadership and authority in an African society: the Afikpo village-group. Seattle: University of Washington Press, 1971.
  • Culture: Igbo
  • Location: Africa