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Raena Shirali

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Raena Shirali

Raena Shirali is the author of GILT (YesYes Books, 2017), which won the Milt Kessler Poetry Book Award. She is an editor and teacher, and lives in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

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Ojhas are [medicine men, “the ones next to God,” religious ministers or priests who deal with the daily struggles of the village people]; this dynamic allows the village ojha to control the circulation of rumors, and he is the village member who has the power to trap daayans (