Usaba Manggung
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Once a year, the people from Bugbug get together for a 3 day ceremony called Usaba Manggung to release all the evil spirits within and around them to honor their God.

To express their devotion and find peace from the ill, they get themselves into a state of trance, appearing to be possessed and out of their minds, screaming, dancing and pretending to be suicidal.

The holy water, splashed or poured on their heads, will finally give them the desired relief and the affirmation that they have been released.

The rite also includes long praying sessions, offerings, and tradicional dances performed by men and women.