11. The Disobedient New Maiden and the Hunter Leaving the kharu-oms (the house of sickness) before the prescribed period of isolation is due, the New Maiden confronts a young hunter, looking directly at him. He is rendered motionless, drops his weapons and is transformed into a tree stump. Watersnake reprimands her and the water creatures are ashamed of her disobedience.

11. The Disobedient New Maiden and the Hunter Leaving the kharu-oms (the house of sickness) before the prescribed period of isolation is due, the New Maiden confronts a young hunter, looking directly at him. He is rendered motionless, drops his weapons and is transformed into a tree stump. Watersnake reprimands her and the water creatures are ashamed of her disobedience.

10. The New Maiden and the Union of Opposites After isolation in the dark kharu-oms (the house of sickness), the young girl emerges as a New Maiden with her hands meeting in the ancient Buddhist gesture of rataka-vardhana, (link of increase). She accepts her life-long allegiance to watersnake and the other water creatures. Her transformation is “symbolised” by watersnake sloughing his old skin for a new skin and replacing his head with two powerful bull heads.

10. The New Maiden and the Union of Opposites After isolation in the dark kharu-oms (the house of sickness), the young girl emerges as a New Maiden with her hands meeting in the ancient Buddhist gesture of rataka-vardhana, (link of increase). She accepts her life-long allegiance to watersnake and the other water creatures. Her transformation is “symbolised” by watersnake sloughing his old skin for a new skin and replacing his head with two powerful bull heads.

9. The New Maiden and the Tree of Life. When no Rain falls for an entire year, a New Maiden is ritually strangled and buried in an ant heap to appease Rain to fall and fertilise the earth. A Vigorous new tree with dense leaves arises from the ant heap and the snake and the chameleon rejoice. The various parts of the New Maiden’s body are defined geometrically as a metaphor for the three realms - underground, earth and heaven. The yin-yang on her stomach symbolizes life and death.

9. The New Maiden and the Tree of Life. When no Rain falls for an entire year, a New Maiden is ritually strangled and buried in an ant heap to appease Rain to fall and fertilise the earth. A Vigorous new tree with dense leaves arises from the ant heap and the snake and the chameleon rejoice. The various parts of the New Maiden’s body are defined geometrically as a metaphor for the three realms - underground, earth and heaven. The yin-yang on her stomach symbolizes life and death.

8. The New Maiden and the Black Crows The New Maiden is frightened in the kharu-oms (The House of Sickness), as she is viciously attacked by angry black crows who seek to destroy her because of her disrespect and disobedience. The full New Moon, satiated with the corpses of recently deceased people, is a silent onlooker of the approaching death of the New Maiden.

8. The New Maiden and the Black Crows The New Maiden is frightened in the kharu-oms (The House of Sickness), as she is viciously attacked by angry black crows who seek to destroy her because of her disrespect and disobedience. The full New Moon, satiated with the corpses of recently deceased people, is a silent onlooker of the approaching death of the New Maiden.

7. The New Maiden and the Mantis Mantis symbolises the sense of the “infinite in the small” and is endowed with the power of creation - he gave fire to the people and the names and colours to the animals. With his third-all-seeing eye, he surveys the world, his one hand raised in the (abhaya-mudra) fear dispelling position and the other in the open palm gesture of (varada-mudra) boon bestowing.

7. The New Maiden and the Mantis Mantis symbolises the sense of the “infinite in the small” and is endowed with the power of creation - he gave fire to the people and the names and colours to the animals. With his third-all-seeing eye, he surveys the world, his one hand raised in the (abhaya-mudra) fear dispelling position and the other in the open palm gesture of (varada-mudra) boon bestowing.

6. The New Maiden and the Burden Animals were once people and should therefor be respected. The Maiden lowers her eyes in respect and embraces watersnake, water tortoise and frog. The water creatures are both a blessing and a burden. Chameleon is ever vigilant and symbolic of transformation.

6. The New Maiden and the Burden Animals were once people and should therefor be respected. The Maiden lowers her eyes in respect and embraces watersnake, water tortoise and frog. The water creatures are both a blessing and a burden. Chameleon is ever vigilant and symbolic of transformation.

5. The Covenant of the rainbow After the isolation period the New Maiden is transformed and a rainbow forms a bridge between the old and the new. Chameleon & Lizard rejoice while the Watersnake is omnipresent, both as a metaphor of destruction & of regeneration. In ancient Buddhist tradition, the raised hand - a gesture of abhaya-mudra (dispelling fear); the open palm - a gesture of varada-mudra (boon bestowing) & the two fingers touching - the gesture of kataka-vardhana (link of increase).

5. The Covenant of the rainbow After the isolation period the New Maiden is transformed and a rainbow forms a bridge between the old and the new. Chameleon & Lizard rejoice while the Watersnake is omnipresent, both as a metaphor of destruction & of regeneration. In ancient Buddhist tradition, the raised hand - a gesture of abhaya-mudra (dispelling fear); the open palm - a gesture of varada-mudra (boon bestowing) & the two fingers touching - the gesture of kataka-vardhana (link of increase).

4. The Sacrifice of the New Maiden Devastating drought causes plants and animals to die and rain can only be appeased by the sacrifice of a virgin - a New Maiden. Once the young girl is selected, her hands are bound and she is ritually strangled and buried. When the rain falls, leaves sprout from her body. The mandorla superimposed on her body is a medieval symbol of virginity.

4. The Sacrifice of the New Maiden Devastating drought causes plants and animals to die and rain can only be appeased by the sacrifice of a virgin - a New Maiden. Once the young girl is selected, her hands are bound and she is ritually strangled and buried. When the rain falls, leaves sprout from her body. The mandorla superimposed on her body is a medieval symbol of virginity.

3. The Transformation of Dreams Enclosing the young girl in the kharu-oms (the house of sickness), she sleeps on the karos (skin) of a female animal. While dreaming her ears are transformed into the ears of a cow, her feet become frog legs and the watersnake engulfs her body. The copulating mantis and his mate serves as a reminder of her own sexuality while the full moon promises fulfilment.

3. The Transformation of Dreams Enclosing the young girl in the kharu-oms (the house of sickness), she sleeps on the karos (skin) of a female animal. While dreaming her ears are transformed into the ears of a cow, her feet become frog legs and the watersnake engulfs her body. The copulating mantis and his mate serves as a reminder of her own sexuality while the full moon promises fulfilment.

2. The First Menstruation (diptych) At the onset of the first menses, the young girl is isolated in a small, circular grass hut, the kharu-oms where she is tended only by the old women of the group, the kai-taradi. As she is re-introduced to water as a vital life source, she appeases it by throwing sweet-smelling Buchu sâ-i and red ochre powder in the water. She marks the young hunter with animal patterns to ensure success in the hunt and to avert lightning.

2. The First Menstruation (diptych) At the onset of the first menses, the young girl is isolated in a small, circular grass hut, the kharu-oms where she is tended only by the old women of the group, the kai-taradi. As she is re-introduced to water as a vital life source, she appeases it by throwing sweet-smelling Buchu sâ-i and red ochre powder in the water. She marks the young hunter with animal patterns to ensure success in the hunt and to avert lightning.

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