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Yakut shaman at the beginning of the century. The famous documentary photograph is from Waldemar Jochelson. At the clothing of the shamans (ojun) you can see well the bird-shaped wrought-iron decorations, helpers of the shaman in his ecstatic journeys.

Yakut shaman at the beginning of the century. The famous documentary photograph is from Waldemar Jochelson. At the clothing of the shamans (ojun) you can see well the bird-shaped wrought-iron decorations, helpers of the shaman in his ecstatic journeys.

eurasian-shamanism:  Evenk shamaness heating her drum over fire. Photo by A. Slapins, 1975 Heating the drum before use was necessary because the heat tightened the drum skin and changed its pitch. Basically, the shaman used the fire for tuning his/her drum.

eurasian-shamanism: “ Evenk shamaness heating her drum over fire. Slapins, 1975 Heating the drum before use was necessary because the heat tightened the drum skin and changed its pitch. Basically, the shaman used the fire for tuning.

* Shaman Anissia cleanses the inside of a nomad's yurt from evil spirits.   Republic of Tuva, village of Belder. Photo © A. Abbas/Magnum

* Shaman Anissia cleanses the inside of a nomad's yurt from evil spirits. Republic of Tuva, village of Belder.

This elderly Sakah man was once the assistant of a shaman and so knew many of the songs and chants.

eurasian-shamanism: “ An elderly Sakha man performing a ritual, which was filmed and photographed by the members of an ethnographic expedition in the He was a close friend and assistant of a.

Photographs of a Tofalar shamaness showing the front of her outfit

Eurasian Shamanism, Photographs of a Tofalar shamaness showing the front of her…

Photograph by Louis C. Faron. A female machi (mapuche shaman) has ascended her rewe or notched pole.

Photograph by Louis C. A female machi (mapuche shaman) has ascended her rewe or notched pole.

TLINGIT SHAMAN , circa 1886

Tlingit Indian shaman holding rattle and standing over kneeling man. This photo appears to be posed for and taken in a studio setting. Both men have made the scene quite frightening.

A Teleut Shaman and her Drum, ca. 1930s. The oval drum is divided into the Upper and Lower World. A wavy line separates the worlds. In the Upper World are the Sun, Moon, planets and stars, also horses, riders, birds, and trees. In the Lower World are a man, a fish, and a turtle. These figures, taken together, tell the shaman's story.

A Teleut Shaman and her Drum taken in the The oval drum is divided into…

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