(Mangamma's 'gaali' ... Spirits enter people’s bodies. This possession is also called ‘gaali’, or wind, can cause ill-health or other problems. A tornado is also gaali, and can cause a person to get possessed. ‘Erra koodu’, rice mixed with water made red with turmeric and lime, is sprinkled on it. When a male spirit possesses a female, or when a female spirit possesses a male, exorcising becomes very hard.
Mangamma had gone to the Chintala vanka stream in the forest on a Friday after a head bath along with her brother Nadupaiyna. A cattle merchant had been killed in the same forest by robbers. The robbers were said to have gone away after squeezing a hundred and one lemons behind them to keep the spirit away. Mangamma saw the corpse of the murdered man and poked its head with a stick. At that time the the spirit of the dead man entered her. A loin cloth or dhoti was hanging on a bush and Nadupaiyna took it back with him. Back in the village Mangamma started getting ‘gaali attacks’ frequently. When the ‘gaali’ came on her, she would run to Nadupayina’s house demanding the loin cloth. Nadupayina threw it away. Sometimes when the ‘gaali’ came on, her brother Bhagavanthayya, also the local exorcist and doctor, would hit her with neem sticks in an attempt to drive away the spirit. Goats and sheep had also been sacrificed in an attempt to placate the spirit and persuade it to leave her. But it refused to go, and would say that it would take her with itself when it finally went. When the attacks came on Mangamma would speak in a gruff male voice as it would be the spirit speaking through her. Mangamma believed as completely as the others in her ‘gaali’ or spirit.)