chapter  XII
Specific Legal Arrangements
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THE rare quarrels which occur at times take the form of an exchange of public expostulation (yakaZa) in

which the two parties assisted by friends and relatives· meet, harangue one another, hurl and hurl back recriminations. Such litigation allows people to give vent to their feelings and shows the trend of public opinion, and thus it may be of assistance in settling disputes. Sometimes it seems, however, only to harden the litigants. In no case is there any definite sentence pronounced by a third party, and agreement is but seldom reached then and there. The yakala therefore is a special legal arrangement, but of small importance and not really touching the heart of legal constraint.