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INC A RA^A TIONS. 1 3 5 �petitions, to which the god makes reply. When he has finished asking what he will and the god has finished replying, the nakaza falls forward on his face. �The 7iiaeza concludes with a prayer ; then striking the nakaza on the back, with or without the ceremony of previously writing a cabalistic character (a Sanskrit one) there, the maeza wakes him up. One of the others gives the man water from a cup, and when he has been able to swallow it, the rest set to and rub his arms and body out of their cataleptic contraction. For at first it is prac- tically impossible to take the wand from his unnatural grasp. �Although eight men are considered the proper number by Ryobu canons for a full presentation of the function, so many are not really vital to its performance. Two are all that are absolutely essential ; one to be possessed, and one to hear what the god may deign to say. I have seen trances with officiators in number anywhere from two to eight. One man alone would be sufficient, were it not a part of the rite that some one should hear the god's words ; for one man can take the parts of both maeza and nakaza ��� �