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Indochinese people of Thailand and Kampuchea who are famous for
their sorceresses. Their magical initiation rites involve cutting a cockerel
in two halves and dancing around with them as they utter incantations. The
sorceresses claim to be able to transform a dead bird into a live crow as
proof that the initiation charms worked. They
also claim to possess knowledge for propitiating evil spirits. They interpret
omens foretelling the conditions of the coming rice harvest and other crops.