The "busk" was the most important ceremony of the Pee Dee Indians living
in South Carolina. During the busk, houses were cleaned and the temple and grounds were repaired. All fires were extinguished
and all debts and grievances were resolved. From outlying villages people came and gathered at the ceremonial center for rituals
of purification: ceremonial bathing, fasting, scratching the body with garfish teeth, and taking cathartic medicines. Everyone
prepared to begin the new year with the eating of new corn at the conclusion of the busk, also known as "poskito." At the
close of the busk visitors returned to their villages, carrying with them embers from the sacred fire with which to relight
the hearths in their own homes. Sharing the fire symbolized unity among the Pee Dee Indians, making them "people of one fire."