Saturday, February 19, 2005

Dispelling the tummy troubling demon: Naxi priests (domba) of Yongning

yongning domba, originally uploaded by mutikonka.

According to Rock these are "a group of Lushi Tombas, or witch priests, seated on the Youngning plain".

These domba "are engaged solely for the purpose of dealing with and driving out eveil spirits which cause bad luck, illness."

These ones have various drums, bowls full of dough gods, and they are performing their rites in front of an altar of pine sticks and oak branches, with perforated poaper smeared in pig's blood.

"They were concerned with driving out of a devel who had caused a stomach ache in a village headman," according to Rock.

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