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"Ukumbi (rainbow boa): A song to make the manioc grow."  Sung by Fanny Gualinga and recorded by Tod D. Swanson.  YouTube video. 2:55  January 26, 214.

This Pastaza Quichua song is sung by a woman usually alone in her manioc gardens.  The purpose is to attract the ukumbi or to make it friendly so that it will cause the manioc to grow.  The ukumbi or rainbow boa is a form associated with the manioc mother Nunguli (Quichua) or Nunghui (in Shuar).

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