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Shaman Kular MOKUR-OOL beats his dungur (drum) over fire as he blesses the arjan (sacred spring).

Shaman Kular MOKUR-OOL beats his dungur (drum) over fire as he blesses the arjan (sacred spring).

Another example of the Buryat Abgaldai mask ongon. The Abgaldai is found throughout eastern Siberia and among all Mongolian peoples

Another example of the Buryat Abgaldai mask ongon. The Abgaldai is found throughout eastern Siberia and among all Mongolian peoples

Shaman drum ~ used by shamans of several peoples in Siberia, the Inuit & many other cultures all over the world. The beating of the drum allows the shaman to achieve an altered state of consciousness or to travel on a journey between the physical & spiritual worlds. Much fascination surrounds the role that the acoustics of the drum play to the shaman. Shaman drums are generally constructed of an animal-skin stretched over a bent wooden hoop, with a handle across the hoop.

Shaman drum ~ used by shamans of several peoples in Siberia, the Inuit & many other cultures all over the world. The beating of the drum allows the shaman to achieve an altered state of consciousness or to travel on a journey between the physical & spiritual worlds. Much fascination surrounds the role that the acoustics of the drum play to the shaman. Shaman drums are generally constructed of an animal-skin stretched over a bent wooden hoop, with a handle across the hoop.

eurasian-shamanism:  Evenk shamaness heating her drum over fire. Photo by A. Slapins, 1975 Heating the drum before use was necessary because the heat tightened the drum skin and changed its pitch. Basically, the shaman used the fire for tuning his/her drum.

eurasian-shamanism: Evenk shamaness heating her drum over fire. Photo by A. Slapins, 1975 Heating the drum before use was necessary because the heat tightened the drum skin and changed its pitch. Basically, the shaman used the fire for tuning his/her drum.

sami drums | Sami Shaman with drum Katalog: LOVE – LIEBE – SEX http://www ...

sami drums | Sami Shaman with drum Katalog: LOVE – LIEBE – SEX http://www ...

sobakatura cats - This is, in fact, I was in St. Petersburg :)

sobakatura cats - This is, in fact, I was in St. Petersburg :)

The photo is part of a reportage about Nganasan shamans from the 1970’s to the 1990’s.  The notes around the photo say:  “This is the son of Tubyaku - Leonid, in Nganasan language Labtymyaku. Of his own accord, he dressed in his father’s shaman clothes in order to rise up to the higher gods, and thus invoked his [father’s] anger, because he had no connections to the shaman spirits.

The photo is part of a reportage about Nganasan shamans from the 1970’s to the 1990’s. The notes around the photo say: “This is the son of Tubyaku - Leonid, in Nganasan language Labtymyaku. Of his own accord, he dressed in his father’s shaman clothes in order to rise up to the higher gods, and thus invoked his [father’s] anger, because he had no connections to the shaman spirits.

A traditional Tuvan shaman’s headress, decorated with feathers and cowrie shells. Tuva, Southern Siberia

A traditional Tuvan shaman’s headress, decorated with feathers and cowrie shells. Tuva, Southern Siberia

David Edwards: Shaman on 10,000 foot mountain top ceremony, Mongolia.

David Edwards: Shaman on 10,000 foot mountain top ceremony, Mongolia.

A Yakut shaman from the district of Verchne-Kolymsk. Note the fringe or veil obscuring the shaman's eyes. 


Photo: Lissner - Man, God and Magic

A Yakut shaman from the district of Verchne-Kolymsk. Note the fringe or veil obscuring the shaman's eyes. Photo: Lissner - Man, God and Magic

Siberian Evenk shaman with a collection of shamanic objects, including images of helper spirits, early 1900s.

Siberian Evenk shaman with a collection of shamanic objects, including images of helper spirits, early 1900s.