The "Yaake" is an intense competition in which only the most charming wins. "Charm" is defined by the number and intensity of facial expressions a competitor can generate. The grimaces, grins and gruesome expressions of the competitors are enhanced by drinking a concoction of pulverized bark. Crossed eyes, skewed lips, puffed cheeks, and raised eyebrows all play a role in this fascinating dance of facial contortion.
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