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From: 2013.09.06 To: 2013.09.06
You can’t beat a good beating. Seven days after the end of Ramadan, the bare-chested men of Morella and Marmala villages beat each other across their backs with broomsticks, without a single moan of pain. What’s more, they do it to strengthen their friendship. After the ritual, wounds and broken bones are treated with coconut “Mamala oil”, which supposedly heals even the worst injuries in a matter of two or three days. The rather unusual ritual draws thousands of visitors each year, including Indonesian royalties and government officials.