In otangar, the groom pounds rice with men of the bride's family. In pretty overt symbolism, the mixing of 'seed' in the container of the bride's body will link the two patrilineages together in the offspring.

In the artist's representation of the same rite, the container where the mixing is taking place is marked with handprints in mute identification with the container. . . just as the lineage goddess shrine is marked with handprints of the wife-worshipper.

 


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