Obama has the support of Peruvian faith-healers

Obama has the support of Peruvian faith-healersBarack Obama apparently can count on the support of a majority of Peruvian faith healers. Each of the 11 shamans in a Peruvian faith-healing organization said Wednesday that they have foreseen victory in the U.S. presidential race: nine for Democrat Obama and two for his Republican rival John McCain.

Siberian shamans: ancient magic in the modern world

Siberian shamans: ancient magic in the modern worldIt’s been three hundred years since people in the remote land of Khakassia in Siberia adopted Christianity, but they still cling to many pagan traditions. Their ancient culture still believes in the mysterious healing powers of shamans.

Jackson Pollock and the Native American unconscious

Jackson Pollock and the Native American unconsciousJackson Pollock died in a car accident at the age of 44. Most talk of his art revolves around his famous action painting, or "drip technique". These are canvases on which the artist allowed paint to drip in an apparently abstract fashion. An exhibition in Paris takes a look at the influence of Native American culture on his work.

Jeolla Province pursues UNESCO designation for shamanist rite

Jeolla Province pursues UNESCO designation for shamanist riteAs hereditary shamans gradually die off one by one, the designation of Jeolla Province’s ssitgimgut ritual as a United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization world intangible cultural heritage is being pursued. South Jeolla Province has begun to pursue the listing of the Jindo ssitgimgut, one of Korea’s leading shamanist rites, as a Masterpiece of the Oral and Intangible Heritage of Humanity with UNESCO. Jindo is an island located off the southwestern coast of the Korea Peninsula.

Hands Across Time: Exploring the Rock Art of Borneo

Hands Across Time: Exploring the Rock Art of BorneoA painting in Gua Tewet records a shaman's trek into the spirit world, Chazine says. The lizard in the center represents the shaman. The jagged line under the lizard—a sort of stairway—stands for the shaman's difficult path. The smooth lines on the right symbolize the successful completion of the journey, when the shaman attains an altered state of consciousness that affects all parts of his body and allows him to communicate with spirits.