"There is a superstition in
"There are many methods of removing the curse. We paid for the services of one of the village women who was reputed to be an expert in these matters. She sat Joshua on the green picnic table in our garden and lit a small fire beside it. Chanting in Konkani, the local language, she then waved handfuls of red chillies in circles in front of his face before moving her hands all over his body, as if cleansing it of the infection. The chillies were flung into the fire. More chanting accompanied by more ritual cleansing movements with herbal leaves and lemons followed, with the woman paying special attention to the eyes. Josh was thrilled at all the attention, but nothing changed."
(p. 133, 'The Book of Joshua' by Tanya Mendonsa – Harper)