Nat festival in Burma

Nats, spirits, must be appeased to bring good fortune and not wreak evil. The invoked spirit takes possession of the medium, but sometimes also of participants, who then go into a trance. If is the lecherous drunkard, a favorite spirit for these festivals, who takes possession of a female visitor, it can be most embarrassing for her, in prudish Burma. Mediums now-a-days are often gays and transvestites, this being one of the few professions they can openly practice.