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saba-leippya

by Micha F. Lindemans
The paddy butterfly of the spirit of tilth in the belief of the Taungthus, the Taungyos, and the Sawngtung Karens of Burma. This spirit is worshipped by sprinkling liquor over the jungle area that is being cleared by fire. The Karens sell the paddy butterfly but always retain a handfull so as not to lose the saba-leippya.

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