Tuesday, 24 June 2014

Meeting the Shaman - Laos

A talk with a Shaman in a Lanten village in the jungle of Laos. Interesting explanation about the transmission of the shamanic knowledge through generations. Important texts are written in Chinese ideograms on a thin bamboo paper. The same paper was used in the past to wrap opium pats..

The most important duty of the Shaman is to put himself into contact with the Spirits when somebody passes away. Blood of chickens and dogs is poured all around the village, which remains closed. Nobody in, nobody out for 3 days. Then, the spirits are invoked at the sound of gongs and drums.