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Siri Jattre
The Siri Jattre: the annual celebration in honour of the goddess Siri, which takes place during the first full moon of the harvest, and is attended by masses of women, and is believed to be curative. The women take the spirit of the goddess within them, and emerge from the trance, healed. Because of this, the women attending the festival have increased over the years. It is a whole cultural festival: with attendees, participants, drums, and dancing, and typically takes places in temples known as Alades: the ancient shrines for the local land spirits, which are flanked by fields of paddy.