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    Favorable and Lucky in India, by Peter Ruellan,writer

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    by peter ruerue

    It is well known that the people of India have many customs and beliefs that are different from those in the west. Here is a partial list of favorable, lucky and auspicious beliefs, as I have come to understand them, from the southern villages of India. When a farm worker is seriously sick, a male or female sorcerer is consulted. A pattern is drawn on the floor that comprises sixteen boxes. This is done using rice flour. In each square is placed a leaf of Butea frondosa, coins, and some food. Seven knives or similar utensils are set up at the front,in lines. On one side, a large bowl of food is placed. A bird is sacrificed, and it's blood poured three times around this bowl. Then, rice is thrown into a nearby cup of water, while chanting the name of a god or goddess; if the rice sinks, then the sickness was caused by anger of the god or goddess; if the rice floats, then the situation will become auspicious.
    ---Peter Ruellan 2012--