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Lime Cutting

First there was another short break for afternoon tea. The two supporters had finished their work. During this break the healer prepared a protective “necklace” for the patient. He recited special curative mantra as he was weaving the necklace.

After tea, the patient returned to the bed and the specialist healer performed lime cutting with the 20 remaining limes. Whilst he was doing this  he was singing more recitations describing the process and how it helped the patient.

Each cut lime was dropped in turn  into the clay pot with the coconut seeds and wicks.

The healer first blew on each lime before holding the cutters containing the lime against the patient’s head.