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[sv-rituals] Before eating....

From: krishnasusarla (krishna_at_alumni.rice.edu)
Date: Sun Jun 09 2002 - 19:04:49 PDT

My grandparents often had a custom of sprinkling water around the 
plate before beginning a meal. Then they would take small helpings 
of the rice before beginning to eat in earnest. 

Can someone explain the significance of this custom, who is 
eligible/required to perform it, and how exactly it is to be 
performed? Also, is it to be performed before any meal, or just some?

thanks in advance,

- K



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