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Unformatted text preview: omniscient and manipulative of the flux of nature. The tribes of Burma also believe that everyone has their own guardian spirits called Yaula and whenever we are sick or injured they are believed to leave us. People with bitter disposition is regarded as having bad Yaula and when someone dies his Yaula turns into a ghost. It is important to call back the Yaula if a person falls sick or injured by offering food and libations. "They then go to the place where the Yaula is thought to be caught or entangled" (62) and the shaman asks it to come back and drops a trail of rice grains for it to follow home. This tradition, by normal means, sound ridiculous and is unheard of in an American society, or any Lee 2 modernized community for that matter. The importance of nature in Burmese culture explains many of the things that we would be puzzled by if we were not given explanations for....
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This note was uploaded on 02/22/2011 for the course ASIAN STUD 5A taught by Professor Laveck,k during the Spring '06 term at University of California, Berkeley.
- Spring '06