Anthropologically speaking, the problem presented by the Wallaby Cross instance is in the co-occurrence of [i] religious education leading to initiation together with [ii] the thoroughgoing elimination of one aspect of historical gerontocratic control--the oldfella monopoly of nubile girls.
26) For a gerontocratic state, taking advice not only from immediate forebears but also from those of ancient history, would have been perceived as philosophically and practically sound: as early as 1417, Francesco Barbaro stipulated that the study of ancient authors was a necessary prerequisite for effective service to the state.
Inter alia, local groups are seen to be more closely connected with well-defined 'territories', more patrilineal, more polygynous, more gerontocratic, and in some sense more complex in the realms of religion and aesthetics than many non-Australian hunting populations.
19) The combination of these two approaches, I argue, offers a useful lens to analyze the challenges and opportunities facing South Sudanese girls in their efforts to overcome a legacy of war and displacement, coupled with patriarchal and gerontocratic attitudes often resulting in young females' exclusion and marginalization.
It is therefore 'a remarkable intellectual achievement', involving not just thinking about language, but the rare case of language (Demiin) thinking about language (Lardil)', a remarkable phonological invention intended to reinforce gerontocratic control -- 'when a few initiated men [a long time ago] consciously decided to invent a language that would be spoken by knowledgeable men'.