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Budubudukala, also known as Ramajogi, is a community of beggars who sing in front of the village houses begging alms. They play an instrument called Budubuduka. Budubudukalas visit the houses in the morning hours and collect alms only once from each house. They tell fortune and read the past, present and future. It is believed that they learn this art of foretelling from a nocturnal bird called Sakuna Pakshi at the creamation grounds at night. It is said that this is the only community who knows the language of the birds. They wear a strange dress with a turban, black coat and different colored rags hanging over the shoulder.

Updated on 30th November, 2014


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