The people of Coorg follow different sets of customs than the rest of India. They are well known for being hospitable. Coorgs are mainly followers of Animism and Hinduism and worship ancestors. They offer obeisance and pray to the idols or images of their ancestors, traditionally made of wood or clay. These idols are covered with metal, and placed in a kaimada (shrine) built close to entrance of the ain-mane (ancestors home). Coorg weddings are most appealing as there is no wedding ceremony by the priest like the Hindus. They keep it simple by seeking blessings of their ancestors. The couple dress in finery, after praying, receive the good wishes from all gathered. A Coorg wedding is a social event with importance on family and the community getting together. The couple getting married and those gathered truly enjoy themselves. All the people come together at the wedding hall, decked in heirloom jewelry, dressed in beautiful, colorful silk sarees worn differently. The first ritual is called Baale Birud, the Coorgi grooms slash off of banana stems to prove their strength and skill. The men wear long overcoats, with silk scarlet sashes on the waist, on the right side of the sash is a dagger called pechekathi which is silver or gold sheathed. Odi- Kathi a sword is also carried by the groom. A gejje thand which is an ebony staff with silver bells is held by the groom. The men wear a gilted turban called Mande-tuni which is a red and white checkered scarf.