This ritual was reserved to the shaman and his acolytes, and was considered a means of strengthening their connection with the Unifier. Within Rattataki culture, blood was often seen as the source of a being’s physical power and prowess – since with blood loss, aging or sickness, one grew visibly weaker and feeble of mind.
The shaman would gather the blood of powerful predators or enemies, and then mix it together with herbs known to bring the mind into a heightened state. Once dry the mixture would either be smoked or burnt in a small enclosure, and the individual performing the ritual would inhale the smoke for as long as the slow burning lasted. During this time, it is common for the individual to experience an euphoric rush, and to receive vivid visions and dreams.