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Food Offerings

photo by DKJ

Rice-flour tortoises, symbols of longevity and stability, were placed before the family altar of the host family as a sacrifice for the god's birthday and represented a portion of his wealth in the village. With the permission of the poe, a worshipper can take one home and eat it as a sweet, and the effect is said to be harmony in the worshipper's house. But the next year the tortoises must be returned two-fold.