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Hamatsa shaman possessed by supernatural power after having spent several days in the woods as part of an initiation ritual. Edward C. Curtis from the Library of Congress

“Hamatsa emerging from the woods–Koskimo” “Hamatsa shaman, three-quarter length portrait, seated on ground in front of tree, facing front, possessed by supernatural power after having spent several.

79. Initiation rituals among Yaka people, near Kasongo Lunda, Congo -Democratic Republic-slide- Elisofon, Eliot, 1951

Suku (L.), and Yaka mask. Initiation rituals among Yaka people, near Kasongo Lunda, Congo (Democratic Republic).

Tlingit shaman tying up a witch, Sitka, #Alaska.   http://www.pinterest.com/damianaseabrook/shamans-and-medicine-people/

Tlingit shaman tying up a witch, Sitka, Alaska Shaman and Witch - -

Siberian Evenk shaman with a collection of shamanic objects, including images of helper spirits, early 1900s.

Evenk shaman with a collection of shamanic objects, including images of helper spirits, early No. (Russian Museum of Ethnography)

Johnny Laknitz of Kitwanga holding a staff and rattle, ca. 1924 shaman - CD94-633-012 - 62475

Tsimshian shaman, Johnny Laknitz of Kitwanga holding a staff and rattle, ca.

Shaman drum ~ used by shamans of several peoples in Siberia, the Inuit & many other cultures all over the world. The beating of the drum allows the shaman to achieve an altered state of consciousness or to travel on a journey between the physical & spiritual worlds. Much fascination surrounds the role that the acoustics of the drum play to the shaman. Shaman drums are generally constructed of an animal-skin stretched over a bent wooden hoop, with a handle across the hoop.

Shaman drum ~ used by shamans of several peoples in Siberia, the Inuit &…Tambor con polvo.

A Yakut shaman from the district of Verchne-Kolymsk. Note the fringe or veil obscuring the shaman's eyes. 


Photo: Lissner - Man, God and Magic

A Yakut shaman from the district of Verchne-Kolymsk. Note the fringe or veil obscuring the shaman's eyes. Photo: Lissner - Man, God and Magic

Chamanes y sufragistas en las fotos nunca vistas de la China de hace 100 años

A ritual dance described as Tibetan Buddhist, likely photographed at the Yellow Temple near the since demolished Anding Gate in northern Beijing, Photo by Heinz von Perckhammer.

Selk'nam bodypainting by M////A////FF///I//A, via Flickr

Selk’nam, also known as the Onawo or Ona people are an indigenous people in the Patagonian region of southern Chile andArgentina, including the Tierra del Fuego islands.

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