Examines the relevance of the "birdwoman" folk tale to the lives of the villagers in South Thailand and North Malaysia. Discusses the ritual dramatization of a story which for these villagers represents a crucial renewal of life in their yearly calendara celebration of the magic of feminine magical power. Focuses on the theatrical art form "Manora," which enshrines the "birdwoman" tale, and states that each performance also serves as a shamanic and healing ritual. Describes the magic associated with organization and continuation of "Manora" theatrical troupes. Briefly explores the powerful connection with W.B. Yeats's celebrated "birdwoman" play, "At the Hawk's Well." Includes eight photographs.