Study Guide

Huneefa in Kim

By Rudyard Kipling


Huneefa is the blind woman who performs protective charms on Kim when he gets ready to set out on the road again as a grown-up seventeen-year-old. Of course, Kim doesn't actually ask to be exorcised and blessed by this random lady—it's all Mahbub Ali's idea. Huneefa drugs Kim using fragrant incense and then proceeds to chant and draw designs on his unconscious body. It's all a little intense, but we are sure that Mahbub Ali means well with this bizarre going-away present…