Girls clad in yellow and black robes danced out of the shadow of towering stalagmites playing pipes. […] each one was wreathed with similarly colored snakes, their tails knotted together behind the girls’ necks. Each also carried a long wand at the end of which, tethered with a leash, fluttered a bat. The snakes strained to reach it, coil and strike, coil and strike. When one succeeded, cymbals clashed and the girls cried out in triumph. […] In their midst came a litter carried shoulder high on which sat the statue of a matronly woman festooned with stone serpents.
– Jame's narration, The Sea of Time, "Chapter I: Kothifir", III