Nulamala is also known as the Fool Dancer – as he is slightly hooligan in his riotous ways, with his oversized, snot-oozing nose and tattered, filthy garb. His role is quite comical in both the Atlalkim and Hamatsa ceremonies, though as a messenger of the Hamatsa, Nulamala is also an authority figure whose role is to maintain order among the audience. When in the role of officer, Nulamala is reputed to create violence among the crowds, at whom he then casts theatrical snot at.
Nulamala is easy to identify by his gigantic nose, which is sometimes stuffed with cloth as an attempt to block his snot. He has a wild and crazy face, and generally renders laughter from the audience.
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