Shaman rituals in Siberia | The Wider Image

January 5, 2016

shamanIn the Tuva region of southern Siberia, an area inhabited by historically cattle-herding nomads, people consult local shamans to find out more about their destiny or address medical and other problems.

Practices include the Kamlanie night ritual, conducted by shamans representing the so-called Adyg Eeren (Bear Spirit) society.

Tuvans nowadays follow two main religious practices – Buddhism and Shamanism.

Model Choigana Kertek, dressed in a traditional costume, performs at sunset in the Aldyn Bulak area on the banks of the Yenisei River in the Tuva region of Southern Siberia.

The head of a mountain ram is attached to a wooden column at the site used for shamans' rituals.

The head of a mountain ram is attached to a wooden column at the site used for shamans’ rituals.

People visit an ethno-cultural complex in the Aldyn Bulak area.

People visit an ethno-cultural complex in the Aldyn Bulak area.

Herder and farmer Stai-ool Ondar (right) shakes hand with his nephew Mengi Mongush near their family farm.

Herder and farmer Stai-ool Ondar (right) shakes hand with his nephew Mengi Mongush near their family farm.

Herder and farmer Stai-ool Ondar, 77, and his wife Sendin Ondar, 77, pose for a picture with portraits near a yurt at their family farm.

Herder and farmer Stai-ool Ondar, 77, and his wife Sendin Ondar, 77, pose for a picture with portraits near a yurt at their family farm.

Vyacheslav Arapchor, a shaman representing the so-called Dungur society, conducts a session to clarify and predict the destiny of a customer.

Vyacheslav Arapchor, a shaman representing the so-called Dungur society, conducts a session to clarify and predict the destiny of a customer.

A female shaman Saida Mongush conducts a medical session to cure Norzhunmaa, a 9-year-old girl suffering from curvature of the spine.

A female shaman Saida Mongush conducts a medical session to cure Norzhunmaa, a 9-year-old girl suffering from curvature of the spine.

Anisya Mongush, a female shaman representing the so-called Dungur society, conducts a session to clarify and improve a local boy’s relations with other people.

Anisya Mongush, a female shaman representing the so-called Dungur society, conducts a session to clarify and improve a local boy’s relations with other people.

Yury Oorzhak, a shaman representing the so-called Adyg Eeren (Bear Spirit) society, conducts a session to clarify and predict a customer’s destiny.

Yury Oorzhak, a shaman representing the so-called Adyg Eeren (Bear Spirit) society, conducts a session to clarify and predict a customer’s destiny.

A shaman, representing the so-called Adyg Eeren (Bear Spirit) society, together with its other members, participates in the Kamlanie night ritual upon the request of customers, including locals and foreigners.

A shaman, representing the so-called Adyg Eeren (Bear Spirit) society, together with its other members, participates in the Kamlanie night ritual upon the request of customers, including locals and foreigners.

A sculpture of Arat, a Tuvan cattle breeder, is seen in the steppe outside the town of Kyzyl.

A sculpture of Arat, a Tuvan cattle breeder, is seen in the steppe outside the town of Kyzyl.

A highway connects the Tuvan town of Turan (top, back) and the village of Shivilig (bottom) at an administrative border of Krasnoyarsk and Tuva regions.

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