Russian vote for "supreme shaman" splits community
Russia's first election for a supreme shaman has provoked uproar in the community of magical healers who are revered by Siberian tribes for their ability to mediate with the spiritual world.
The organizers of the Internet vote say a top shaman would serve in a similar way to the Orthodox Patriarch or Supreme Mufti and help raise the profile of Russia's ethnic tribes after their wretched treatment at the hands of the Soviet authorities.>>>>
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The priests of a shamanist region have spoken out against staging elections to select a top Russian shaman, claiming that any organized hierarchy is contrary to the nature of shamanism.
Shamanism is a very private phenomenon, chairman of Shamans' Union of Altai said in an interview to a local newspaper....