MONGOLIA: SHAMANISM IS MAKING A COMEBACK
When Degi, a 24-year-old web designer in Mongolia’s capital, Ulaanbaatar, hit a pedestrian in July 2008 with his Daewoo sedan, his luck took a turn for the worse. His company didn’t get a contract he was hoping for, and misfortune seemed to hover over his personal life. The family of the victim extorted money from him, threatening to sue and warning him that they had connections in the courts. So Degi, like many Mongolians, took his troubles to a shaman.>>>A buried village mourns, and plans for the future
It was a day with tears of joy and sorrow when villagers in Siaolin Village (小林) in Kaohsiung County’s Jiasian Township (甲仙) held their annual Arit Festival on Saturday, nearly three months after their village was almost completely buried by mudslides.
“Arit” is the word in the Siraya language for “ancestral spirit.” For the Sirayas, the annual festival to pay homage to the Arit is their most important religious event.>>>
MAYAN RIVIERA, MEXICO–If there's a word in Mayan for "malarkey" that's what shaman Gerardo Carrera thinks of Hollywood's end-of-days spin on Dec. 21, 2012.
With Roland Emmerich's big-budget disaster movie 2012 riding a wave of studio publicity into theatres Nov. 13, people are talking about what seems to be the date the sophisticated Maya calendar runs out, perhaps triggering the downfall of civilization.
"Art of the American Indians: The Thaw Collection", a major traveling exhibition, developed by the Fenimore Art Museum, making its debut at the Cleveland Museum of Art (CMA) in March 2010, explores Native North American art from the Eastern Woodlands to the Northwest through more than 140 masterpieces spanning 2,000 years. The exhibition provides visitors with a broad understanding and appreciation of the aesthetic accomplishments and cultural heritage of this country’s first peoples.>>>Amerindian Smoke Ceremony to commemorate ancestors
The Amerindian community in Trinidad and Tobago is currently celebrating Amerindian Heritage Week with a series of events in St. Joseph, Arima, Penal and at the National Museum and Art Gallery in Port of Spain. These traditions include a Smoke Ceremony held in San Francique, Penal today, which is just one example of an important ritual being developed by Trinidad's Caribs that plugs them into the world of indigenous people.>>>