Shamans of the modern age

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Ecuador hospital offers indigenous Andean treatments

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When a patient arrives they are asked what beliefs they have - and then if appropriate they are referred to a "yachak" (or shaman) instead of a conventional doctor.
The traditional treatments offered include "limpias" or spiritual cleansing treatments, which are meant to clean the patient's aura.

Lakota and Others to Gather for White Buffalo Naming Ceremony

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Sacred Sites Along the McCloud River Endangered, Winnemem Wintu Fight For Coming of Age Ceremony Pri

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Venezuelan tribe angry at "sacred" stone in Berlin

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