Arrival of the Manimar • Jeni
The manimar mask named âArowosoâ from the clan Basinarpes advances towards the village of Jeni, as part of the jipae resurrection feast. After being starved for over one night, the manimar will be fetched by the men of the village from the opposite side of the river and brought back to the village, greeted with tears by the villagers as they symbolically see their ancestor.
The manimar in a jipae feast represents an orphan boy. According to legend, the orphan boy starts from stealing food from the village, and develops his cunning skills. As he wears the mask, he scares women out so that the women drop the food they gather in the forest. This trick is then figured by the men of the village, who then agreed with the manimar to keep his secret to the trick and that orphans should not be left alone.