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djamalo

djamalo After the sourva ritual, toward evening, the houses are visited by young men, disguised in a “camel” or “djamalo” – their function is to wish health and fertility to the hosts during the coming year.... Then the djamalo “dies” symbolically, so that evil in the house also dies, and “comes to life” again, symbolising nature waking up again to give more prosperity to people. In return for their vivid performance – a true verbal and imitative magic, the young men receive food, money and a good treat. http://12121.hostinguk.com/vassilyovden.htm The camels separated in two groups fight each other and the results of the fight show how good the New Year will be. They believe that if blood drops on the ground the year will be fertile. The ritual ends with a big horo in the centre of the village. They make a feast with the food and the money they have gathered during the carnival. http://12121.hostinguk.com/KukeriMummers.htm
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