A Shaman, Coaxing Sobriety

A Shaman, Coaxing SobrietyOne by one they squeezed into a meeting room at a Harlem needle exchange on Thursday — roughly two dozen men and women with drug problems — and Dimitri Mugianis, 50, greeted them all. This was not your average 12-step program meeting. A small altar was set up on top of a plastic box and the tall candles on it were lit and the lights were turned off.

Chilmeoridang Yeongdeunggut, Jeju's UNESCO-protected shamanist rite

Chilmeoridang Yeongdeunggut, JejuYeongdeung Halmang has departed Jeju until next year, leaving behind the promise of a bountiful marine harvest. The goddess of wind and sea visits the island for only 2 weeks each year, and during this time haenyeo (diving women) and others placate her with rituals and offerings. On the day of her departure, 2.14 (lunar), villages throughout Jeju hold a rite of farewell.

The next wave of Hmong shamans: Sandy'Ci Moua's story

The next wave of Hmong shamans: SandyShamanism is alive and well in the Hmong community today: a typical weekend for any Hmong person in this day and age is usually booked with family engagements.

Brazilian chief uses technology to help save his tribe and curb deforestation

 Brazilian chief uses technology to help save his tribe and curb deforestationAs a small boy in the early ’80s, Almir Surui hunted monkeys with a bow and arrow, wore a loincloth and struggled with Brazil’s official language, Portuguese.
At 38, he is the tech-savvy, ­university-educated chief of the Paiter Surui, or “the real people,” of this western corner of Brazil.

‘Bullet Muti’ Marikana Sangoma Shot and Killed

‘Bullet Muti’ Marikana Sangoma Shot and KilledRustenburg – The sangoma who reportedly performed rituals on protesting Lonmin mineworkers in Marikana anointing them with a traditional lotion substance, has been shot and killed, the Farlam Commission heard on Monday.