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Khabze. The rules of serving the right part of a sheep's head

KHABZE. THE RULES OF SERVING THE RIGHT PART OF A SHEEP’S HEAD


If a sheep is cooked in honor of the guests, the right part of the sheep’s head is given to the oldest of the guests. It should be on the plate with its ear up. Its nose should be turned on the place where the oldest of the guests is sitting, but not in his chest. The sheep’s head is set between the oldest of the guests and the Thamada. Thamada is a ruler of the table.

Only the right part of one sheep’s head is served. It doesn’t depend how many sheep are cooked.

The head is not served if there are women at the table.

The oldest of the guests doesn’t divide the part of the head by himself. He asks the Thamada to do it. He puts the part of the head by its nose turning toward the Thamada. The Thamada divides it and he gives its ear to the youngest at the table, and says, "Listen very attentively, but don’t listen what you shouldn’t hear”, and the rest of the head he gives to the oldest of the guests.

The youngest takes the ear by his two hands. The oldest of the guests gives the nose to one who sits near the Thamada on the side of hosts and says, "Smell everything, pay attention to everything”.

The left part of the sheep’s head is not served and is not taken away from the house. If there is nobody in the house who should eat the part of the head, somebody is invited to the house and it’s given to him. When a sheep is cut and there are no guests in house, the right part of the head is given to the oldest man of the neighbors. As you remember, the left part of the head is not taken away from the house.

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