Thomal describes a practice followed by people living in the northern mountainous region of Pakistan, especially in Hunza. Thomal basically is a
smoke emanating from burning of basic three kinds of dry herbs locally called Supandur seeds, gulgul and Gal (Juniper) leaves. Only gulgul or a small proportion of gal and supandur is mixed and put on the red-hot charcoal of normal firewood on a metal plate .The fume originating has a pleasant fragrance and has been used for centuries to purify the houses and surroundings. Naturally, it has medicinal effects and cures certain illnesses that includes sore eyes and infected ears. Thomal was used to smolder every Thursday night and it was believed that it brings good souls and angels who bring along bakrat (blessings). It was also believed that this practice set away bad omens and illnesses from a person. This ritual is gradually disappearing and is only limited to remote areas. Supandur originally grows in the barren land at a comparatively low altitude while Gal and gulgul are found at a high altitude in the meadows. Both are purely organic sustained by rainwater.
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