Fire starter

Fire starterOver the Lunar New Year the Red Dzao hill tribe of Ta Phin commune near Sapa in Lao Cai province will celebrate ‘Put-tong’ a mysterious fire dancing festival. Text by Duc Hanh, Photos by Huu Nghi.

On the morning of the first or second day of the Lunar New Year, the three biggest clans (the Ly, Ban and Trieu families) in Ta Pin commune come together to discuss the organization of Tet Nhay or “Dancing Tet” festival.

Ancient sacrificial sites await discovery

Ancient sacrificial sites await discoveryThe first settlers in Finland after the Ice Age remain a mystery, but experts are slowly uncovering clues that might shed light on their spiritual beliefs.
Juha Pentikäinen, Professor Emeritus of the Study of Religions from Helsinki University, examines strange markings on two enormous boulders that stand in a patch of forest near Länsimäki, in Vantaa. Pentikäinen has studied many such sites around Finland over the last decade, working together with a team that includes geologist and archaeologist colleagues.

Ceremony purges White House of evil spirits

Ceremony purges White House of evil spiritsOn Monday, January 19th at 6:00 pm, hundreds gathered at Dupont Circle for this frivolous, yet remarkable, ceremony. A shaman was there to perform the ceremony. Rabbi Sharon Klein delivered the invocation. Together with organizer, Kate Clinton, they took on the gargantuan task of cleansing the White House of evil spirits.

Ask the Workplace Shaman

Ask the Workplace ShamanIn the course of my career as a management consultant, I've come to see my role as resembling that of a shaman.

The shaman or medicine man/woman traditionally provided healing in the community, incorporating the mind, body and spirit. Organizational-effectiveness consulting involves an element of healing and raising corporate consciousness. Different aspects of the organization, such as plans and strategies (mind,) structure and processes (body), and culture and employee morale (spirit), are part of a complex organism requiring a holistic approach.

Optimism over Obama expressed around the globe

Optimism over Obama expressed around the globeA dozen faith healers danced, shook rattles, blew smoke and chanted the new president's name while throwing flower petals and coca leaves at his photograph. The Andean ritual is known as Jatun Sonjo, or "Big Heart," in the Quechua language. "In ancient times, it was one of the rituals dedicated to Inca and pre-Inca rulers," lead shaman Juan Osco said. "Today we dedicate it from Peru to Obama because he is the first black president and his heart is big for the whole world."