EX­PE­RI­ENCE ESAL A PER AHER A

Au­gust 17–27, 2018

Asian Geographic - - South Asia -

lights, and ac­com­pa­nied by hun­dreds of jug­glers, stilt walk­ers, fire dancers, drum­mers and singers, which en­ter­tain spec­ta­tors along the pa­rade route. About 100 smaller ele­phants fol­low the tusker, along with dig­ni­taries in tra­di­tional cos­tume.

This pro­ces­sion ends the fol­low­ing morn­ing with a rain-sum­mon­ing rit­ual. Pri­ests from the tem­ples of the four gods wade into the Ma­haweli River and cut a cir­cle in the wa­ter with swords to rep­re­sent a re­lease of the rains for the com­ing year.

On the fi­nal night, a replica of the tooth is placed in a gold cas­ket on a mas­sive ele­phant called the Mali­gawa Tusker WHEN WHERE HOW

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