31) In religious terms, karsa- mark a region isolated from confusion--a vara-, gatauu-, or pawi distinguished by its own status, governed by divine law and regulated by clergy.
The vara-, gatauu-, pawi or precinct is constructed upon the earth on soil (which arises from weathering of stone) or on tile (also made of stone or ceramic).
On the pawi, see further Kotwal and Boyd, A Persian Offering, 4, 18-19, 32-33, 43, 62; and Williams and Boyd, Ritual Art and Knowledge, 26-27, 32, 48.
Hunted faster than it was able to multiply, and rapidly losing its preferred habitat of pristine forests and fresh water, the pawi, which is endemic to Trinidad, has been listed as endangered since the early 1980s, although there are not much formal data on its numbers.
A large, striking bird, the pawi (Pipile pipile) weighs between five and a half and seven pounds and has a wingspan of up to two feet.
The first time Fournillier saw a pawi, in the Cumana Forest, in northeastern Trinidad, "I froze immediately, I was elated," he recalls.
155-94 IN: Sanib Said, Jayl Langub and Awang Azam Awang Pawi (2013).
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