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Part 4 - Purifying and Protecting

Buddha's Seven Steps

This reconstructs the birth legend that Buddha took seven steps when he was born, a lotus springing up at each step. This is followed by lime cutting to remove evil influences and in this exorcism (only performed if required) the atamagale (cage) ritual.

Seven strips are marked on the ground to mark the steps. Betel leaves and coins are placed on top of them. They are followed by seven plantain leaves, milk rice and cloth torches. Songs describe the origins and purpose of each item.

The deity/demon Suniyam is invited to receive the offerings. Limes are placed in the steps while their origins are sung, then the lime cutting secateurs (giraya) have their origins sung.

The yakadura then chants while touching the patients body (usually the head) with the giraya to remove some illness, then cutting a lime.. This is repeated several times.

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