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A REMARKABLE instance of this custom existed (I am referring to twenty-five years ago) in Ceylon. On the West Coast, on the road between Chilaw and Jaifna, at a place—the name of which, after so many years' absence, I forget—was a vast collection of rag offerings suspended to the bushes through which the road was cut. It went by the name of “Rag Fair,” with those of us who had travelled in that direction: there were miles of it. They were said to be offerings to the goddess “Kali” (who, in the midst of them, had a temple and well), to propitiate her and obtain her protection against the dangers of the way, especially those of wild beasts.

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  1. British Consulate, Noumea, July 5

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