Palhikmana; Katsina Maiden

Palhikmana is not a katsina per se, but a female dancer who sometimes appears during the Night Dances as a Poliimana, or Butterfly Maiden, or as a Corn-grinding Maiden. Her main role is to perform a dance called Pavalhikwtu with a male partner, accompanied by songs provided by the Kooyemsi, or Mudhead katsinam. Women who participate in the dance initiation of the Marau society, a women's society, are also called Palhikmana. Palhikmana is often confused with Sa´lakwmana; only their eyes are different. (45-25-10/28803)

 

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