Note: this is a draft. Please let me know if you have comments, suggestions, or pictures.

A wooden lmalasin with a woven lid, often narrowing to a point. Its primary use is to for blessings, whether the blessing is conducted by women or men. The blessing milk is mixed with water. It is poured onto a cow tail which is then shaken while saying ngai, God, in a rhythmic chant. It’s also the girls’ calabash, although the distinction in terms of usage between this calabash and the traditional boy calabash, naitu el laiyok, is weakening. Each child has her own calabash.

[Query. Is this less common in the Highlands?]

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