The price is right!

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Now for the fact. You could trade a cassowary for a woman in certain civilization (Full Disclosure: It is anecdotal as the civilization did not record the price list in writing.). Now, the question was who benefited from the trade. The cassowary hunter had to steal an egg (or a chick) from a nest risking life and limb. Once the cassowary was bigger, he also had to risk the bird not turning on him. So it would seem that person getting the wife would benefit. It was not that the people lack things to trade. They had pigs. Apparently eight pigs was worth one cassowary.



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