As Myron watches the ceremony and views the machines, he gets the distinct impression that they are undoubtedly creations of science. Magic seems to play no role in their function, strongly suggesting that the ritual plays a purely social and ceremonial role.
The chief notices the arrival of their guests and stands. He holds his arms out, inviting the ka-tet into the tent. "Our guests have arrived. We send them Todash!" When the rest of the guests arrive and enter the tent, he addresses them in an excited voice: "Sit here and grasp these and each other." He distributes among Jhondak, Russ, Myron, and Owen a small stack of steel rods with some electronic components. The chief then motions to the crowd outside. "We begin," he announces. At this moment, the crowd starts to hum and chant. Looking back to his guests, the chief instructs: "Close your eyes and listen to their voices. Think of nothing but the sounds and do not let your mind drift. Once your heads are cleared of everything but the sounds, say 'ready' and then focus on where you wish to go." The humming of the machines continues.