Lost world

Lost worldMoving to the beat of the hymn that was handed down from his ancestors, the Manchu shaman stopped singing and blushed for a moment.

"I don't remember many of the movements anymore, because I didn't practice for more than 20 years," said Yang Jingchao, or Nimacha Jingchao in the Manchu language. "I don't understand the meaning of the lyrics either."

The 43-year-old man is the shaman of the Manchu Nimacha clan. >>>

The most famous of Tuvan shamans turns eighty-five

The most famous of Tuvan shamans turns eighty-fiveToday, one of the first novelists of Tuva, doctor of historical sciences, the most famous among the researchers of shamanism, Mongush Kenin-Lopsan, turned 85.

Head of Tuva, Sholban Kara-ool, offered birthday greetings to the shamanologist who is known in the whole world. On April 16, there will be a celebration in his honor at the National Museum, where he has been working for many decades. The 1952 Graduate of the Eastern Department of the LGU is not famous only in Tuva.>>>

Tribes of Amazon Find an Ally Out of ‘Avatar’

Tribes of Amazon Find an Ally Out of ‘Avatar’They came from the far reaches of the Amazon, traveling in small boats and canoes for up to three days to discuss their fate. James Cameron, the Hollywood titan, stood before them with orange warrior streaks painted on his face, comparing the threats on their lands to a snake eating its prey.
“The snake kills by squeezing very slowly,” Mr. Cameron said to more than 70 indigenous people, some holding spears and bows and arrows, under a tree here along the Xingu River. “This is how the civilized world slowly, slowly pushes into the forest and takes away the world that used to be,” he added.>>>

Getting Unhooked from Addictions

Getting Unhooked from AddictionsIn her book, Start Where You Are, Buddhist nun and author Pema Chodron relates how she participated in sweat lodges when she was young: "I would always sit by the flap covering the entrance to the sweat lodge. That way, if things got too intense, I could quickly, easily duck out."

That's an apt metaphor for how addicts live their lives. They sit in the sweat lodge called Life -- often intense, challenging, confronting, emotional, and sometimes uncomfortable.>>>

Aboriginal Experiences longhouse burns down

Aboriginal Experiences longhouse burns downA fire on Ottawa's Victoria Island has destroyed the cherished longhouse of a program that connects tourists with First Nations culture.

"The longhouse isn't just a structure. It has great spiritual connection and value to our people," said Rhonda Doxtator, site manager for Aboriginal Experiences.

The fire broke out Friday night in the wood structure, which was partly constructed from a special bark that took two years to collect.>>>