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Two female shamans of the Oroqen ethnic group from northeast China prepare for a ritual. Their costumes are similar to those of Manchu shamans. Note the brass mirror on the waist of the shaman on the far left.
Mongolian Shaman Gankhuyag Batmunkh is shrouded in smoke from a fire as he prepares to summon the spirits during a Shaman ceremony on Black Mountain Head in Nalaikh district of Ulan Bator in Mongolia, 06 July 2012.
shamanism around the world. images scrounged from around the net.
dogon shaman, mali
norse shaman, finland – It’s actually a difficult one. I have no reliable information about this — I’ve seen this photo labeled as Nanai shaman, Altaic shaman, or simply Siberian shaman etc. Based on his outfit and drum I’d risk saying he belongs to some Samoyedic ethnic group, but that’s just a wild guess, so lets conlude that WE JUST DONT KNOW, okay?
yupik shaman, alaskan inuit
native american shaman, unknown tribe – He’s an Evenk shaman from Siberia. (link to the photo)
muist shaman, korea – A South-Korean shaman is called a mudang. “Muism” basically means South-Korean shamanism.
goldes shaman, siberia – He’s a Nanai shaman. Nanais were formerly known as “Goldes” but that is an old, obsolete name, which hasn’t been used since the 1920s. (link to the photo)
khakas shaman, russia – Yeah, probably: “The ethnographer Hoppál identifies the shaman woman to be of Altai Kizhi or Khakas origin, admitting that it cannot be decided exactly from the image alone, which of the two.”