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Hentai Amman Festival of Baduga Community!

Hentai | Amman Festival | Baduga Community | 06th July 2022 | Virtual Wire

 

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Hentai is the patron goddess of Badaga and Mr. N. N. Pokka's Tamil literary work with the working title Sri Hetthaiammal sarithiram—literally, The History of the Goddess Hentai—contains her biography.

The language they use in their group, called Badaga, is quite similar to Kannada. It's interesting to note that a Goddess serves as the leader of a whole society. Hentai Amman Festival, also known as Hentai Habba, is not always observed on the same day each year. It is observed on the Monday following the Full Moon of the Tamil month Margazhi, which is the fortunate day of the Badagas.


The males went to the temple on foot while wearing their customary attire, which included a white turban, Mundu, Mandara, and Badagaru Seele. According to a custom known as Kanika, offerings are gathered from each home in equal amounts of 20 paise, wrapped in a white cloth, and given to the Hethai Amman temple in Barangay. The stick used in the procession is regarded as being extremely sacred, hence it must always be stored in Hagottu, a sacred area in the kitchen.


The bamboo container in which it is housed in the same length as the Dhadi. Once a year, during the celebration, this Dhadi will be removed and cleaned with salt and tamarind. Men are only permitted in this Hagottu where dairy goods are kept. During their periods, women are not permitted in the Hagottu. Using a stick called a Matthu that is firmly fastened to a pole that is anchored to the ground, milk would be churned inside of this space. Because the Hagottu is regarded as sacred, every Monday the Hagottu is smeared with cow dung with water.

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Ye Ha Ho will be yelled loudly as the procession makes its way to Hetthai Mane while playing the Badaga Athikkodu. Women would lay out white sheets along their route and bless passersby who welcomed them with warmth and respect despite not taking part in the parade. They adhere to a stringent rule that prohibits drinking alcohol, smoking, and eating meat during the proceedings. Every Baduga is required to pay a minimum of one visit to the Hetthai Amman temple in either Beragani or Peduvva. Everyone will receive free food from the temple, known as Annadhana, at the conclusion. Only during the Hetthai Amman Festival will the Goddess Hentai Amman be briefly displayed to the public throughout the year. Hence it is a very important and special festival for all the people of Badagas.

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