"A leisurely walk up - here about 1.30pm. To Alan's irritation, we heard the poju drumming and found that the 'pwelu' in Dilmaya's house had already started. ... Alan placated as the climax was yet to come. Dilmaya explained that they were doing it during the day so that people wouldn't get too tired. A sensible thing when they are so busy in the fields.
They had made the 'kaidu'. There were two poju, the Taprang man and another from Chipli. Kaila had been there, but retired to sleep. Noted the Taprang man used a spiral animal's horn instead of a conch. His drum skin was not kept tight like Yarjung's. This time, we were absorbed into the family. The poju mentioned us in the 'pye' where the family are named, and we were "blessed" with them. Our irritation was soon over with the friendliness of the people, thought it increased when Ganesh Gurung and the others walked in and plonked themselves down beside Surje who was soon 'tarava'. I spoke a little to him, but not much. Luckily, Badrasing took them off for supper before long and we were left to the climax and Surje's 'tarava'. All over by about 7.00pm. when we ate. Then to bed." (Diary)
'Pwelu' at House31. Bombahadur plucking chicken, poju watches
Poju checking chicken liver
Poju chanting beside 'kaidu', Bolbahadur wearing poju's hat with long plaits
Poju blowing horn behind his drum
Poju drumming, to Dilmaya by fire
Surje, with Bolbahadur, and poju drumming
Dilmaya pours out a cup of liquid
Pojus drumming by 'kaidu'
From drummer to Dilmaya tending fire
Pojus drumming, to Surje, Bombahadur and child
Pojus drumming and chanting very fast
Poju sitting down but still drumming, to Surje and Bolbahadur
Munmaya, then Kowshila
Pojus, kneeling, drumming by 'kaidu', Surje crawls in front of camera, takes something out of bag
Women shaking slivers of bamboo with loops at ends towards the pojus
Bolbahadur lighting incense sticks on top of the 'kaidu'
Thak, 8th May 1992