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Although many Melanau are now Muslim, some still consult spirit experts when they fall ill. The expert identifies the spirit causing the symptoms and makes a wooden or plaited palm-leaf image of it. A respected person is chosen to call the spirit away from the sick person's soul and into the image, which is then returned to the spirit's usual home in the forest, river or sea.

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Although many Melanau are now Muslim, some still consult spirit experts when they fall ill.  The expert identifies the spirit causing the symptoms and makes a wooden or plaited palm-leaf image of it.  A respected person is chosen to call the spirit away from the sick person's soul and into the image, which is then returned to the spirit's usual home in the forest, river or sea.