On their way home from the pond, the jnati will raise a barrier of earth, stone and thorns between themselves and the deceased, avoid contact with each other, and take care to touch a sacred tree, asatha, to purify themselves.

  • Source: Bhattacharyya, Manibrata. “Purity and impurity in the death rituals of Bengal” in Bengal : studies in literature, society and history, edited by Marvin Davis, pp. 115-120. East Lansing, Mich.: Asian Studies Center, Michigan State University, 1976.
  • Culture: Bengali
  • Location: Asia