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Sacrifice for the River Gods

Once the rice has been neatly heaped up on the threshing floor and the implements (rake, rope, winnowing fan) laid on top and adorned with flowers, the sacrifice for the river gods (kamni puja) begins at the edge of the harvested rice paddy. As in the previous sacrifices for kamni, clay figurines representing the river gods are again made. Glass bracelets, rings made from sindi stalks, and angla wood are other requirements for the ritual, along with bidi (cigarettes). In this ritual, the owner of the field sacrifices a pig (or a duck) and a white rooster (or a chick) in alternate years, as well as an egg, mandatory for kamni.

Sacrifice at the Threshing Floor

Immediately after the kamni puja at the river comes the sacrifice at the threshing floor (kotar puja). The sacrificer draws a white pattern in front of the large heap of rice and another somewhat off to the side in the direction of the Great House. A white chick is most often sacrificed for the latter, and a rooster (red, black, or white) for the rice. The blood of the sacrificial animals is let drip on the rice, on all the baskets (kula, dala, tifni), on the joni pial from the previous day, and in a

XXXIII and XXXIV). There is no indication of an affinal conception of the rice paddies among the Bondo.

circle around the threshing floor. The wing of a chick or rooster is tied to a stick for rau, who manifests as the wind.[1]

  • [1] At some threshing floors, bamboo fish traps (dondor) have already been hung on poles inthe wind in order to ward off rau. Severe winds can lead to considerable harvest losses.
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