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Part 2 - Dealing with Demons

The four demons in this ritual are the most feared and powerful. They act against humans and gods whenever they can. They have left their designated sphere and taken advantage of some weakness in the patient, implanting their noxious influence.

Compelling demons to leave

To loud drumming, the yakadura calls to the demon, telling him all his offerings and foods are here, the gods are here, all preparations have been made for him - and demands the demon appear.

Each demon enters the room and looks around, commenting on what he sees and maybe even talking to family members nearby. The yakadura gets his attention, reminding the demon of his birth legend, and what he is allowed to do or not to do by Mangara - the Lord of the Demons.

Then the comedy begins, with the yakadura playing 'straight man', confusing the demon and revealing him as foolish and lowly. This is done with clever and often sexual or rude jokes and wordplay. The patient and everyone watching laughs outloud, enjoying this humiliation. The demon is then persuaded or tricked into curing the patient in return for the items in his offering basket. The patient himself gives the demon his basket and the demon leaves immediately.

Kalu Yaka

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Suniyan Yaksani

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