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The closure of the country

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In March 1973, the author was invited by the Mankon palace to observe a performance known as ngang fo. It took place every year and aimed at achieving the closure and protection of the country. The medicines are taken from the animal, vegetable or mineral worlds. When taken from the vegetable world, they are called fu. A medicine man is called ngwon ngang. By mid-afternoon, on that day, six palace servants and two maskers came out of the palace quarter occupied by regulatory societies. The men carried four cylindrical baskets some 80 cm in height. The two maskers, named Mabu', escorted the men. They wore hooded tunics that concealed their heads and bodies down to their calves. The tunic is made of woven vegetable fibres. It is spotted like leopard skin. They walked and ran bare-footed. Each of them carried a bundle of wooden sticks about 120 cm in length.

Keywords: Mankon palace; medicines; ngang fo; regulatory societies

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