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Pandal pattu is an initiation ritual for girls (Ramachandran, 2004)[1], which in part operates on coital symbolism. For instance, “After singing the pandal pattu song for sometime, each of the invited girls will be given a brass jug filled with water. This is covered with a plantain leaf. Then they will be asked to insert one finger inside the jug piercing the plantain leaf. In one way this enactment symbolises the sexual act and pandalpattu ceremony can also be considered as an initiation ceremony for marriage. However the girls will not be allowed to begin conjugal life until their puberty ceremony is completed”.










Janssen, D. F., Growing Up Sexually. VolumeI. World Reference Atlas. 0.2 ed. 2004. Berlin: Magnus Hirschfeld Archive for Sexology, Berlin

Last revised: Sept 2004


[1] Ramachandran, B. (2004) Fertility Concept in a Ritual an Anthropological Explanation of "Pandal Pattu", Stud Tribes & Tribals, 2,1:19-21. Download here