plwk wrote:How do Theravadin Buddhists...
For any explanation you receive, keep in mind that I don't believe the Buddha himself gave instructions on such matters.
Therefore explanations may just as likely be reflective of local cultural practices, as they are "Theravadin" practices. (There is some overlap between the two)
What is the final conviction that comes when radical attention is razor-edge sharp? That the object of the mind is mind-made (manomaya). (Ven. Ñāṇananda)
Having understood name-and-form, which is a product of prolificity,
And which is the root of all malady within and without,
He is released from bondage to the root of all maladies,
That Such-like-one is truly known as 'the one who has understood'. (Snp 3.6)