Discovering Russia 20 January 2012 161 3664

Shamans of Siberia

In windswept Siberia, shamans have for generations cured illnesses without touching their patients, sung with their diaphragms and controlled the weather. Some can travel over long distances and even levitate, hovering above the birch trees. They regularly communicate with kind and evil spirits. One of them, Tyurgen, manages to balance shamanism with life in industrial Chelyabinsk. Apart from his spiritual activities, he practices a unique musical style - electronic music with folk instruments, throat singing, and folklore-inspired lyrics. We also meet a doctor of anthropology who explains what really goes on in a shaman's brain when he is in a trance state.



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