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Nature God Ritual (in Tacheng): Day 1 (of 3)

This particular ritual is only performed once every 7-8 years. 

1. Dongba shaman-priests sitting around the altar

2. ceremonial altar, with offerings, yak butter, and incense

3. blood from chicken sacrifice sprinkled over shrine

4. weaving through the Ghost House

5. touching water to face

6. Dongba dance with sword and drum

7. kneeling before the Nature God(s)

8. Ghost House destruction

9. bone and amulet