We received invitation from HeXiudong to attend a Nature God ritual in the mountain village of Tacheng, about four hours north of Lijiang. This particular ritual requires a full day of preparations and three consecutive days to perform and complete in its entirety. It is only conducted once every seven to eight years.
Dongba shaman-priests file through the Ghost House, touching water to their faces. Through prayer and song, spirits are invited in, then later asked to leave. The Dongbas destroy the Ghost House at the end of the first day.