National Geographic : 1922 Mar
A KAREN PLACE OF SACRIFICE (SEE TEXT, PAGE 313) The rickety bamboo platform is the altar, with half a pig as an offering on it. The curved wooden slab infront isfor offerings offlowers and fruit. When any member of a Red Karen family falls sick, a sacrifice is made to appease the wrath of apresumably aggrieved spirit. Afowl is killed and the bones are examined to find out the pleasure of the nat (the Burmese word for spirit).When this issettled the required animal is slaughtered and the head, ears, legs, and entrails are deposited in the nat-sin (shrine of the spirit).