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Origins of and cultural practices around Bananas

Video by Seedsavers’ Network, 2008 Bananas originate in South East Asia and Papua New Guinea. They are an every-day food for some people. Hindu in a temple of Subramanya once a year, their priest caste eat food on banana leaves in the temple along with thousands of other pilgrims and when the bell rings, everyone eating ceases eating and walks out. In come pilgrims rolling on the ground across the leaves in the belief that any skin conditions they have will be cured. They roll in the left-over food literally and in a kind of trance. It is an interesting belief system that we respect.

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