25/05/2013

Ritual duel between a shaman and a spirit figure

ETHNOFLORENCE

INDIAN AND HIMALAYAN

FOLK AND TRIBAL ARTS

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2008 - 2016

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ALAN MACFARLANE VIDEO DOCUMENTS

RITUAL DUEL BETWEEN A SHAMAN AND A SPIRIT FIGURE

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PART OF THE DEATH MEMORIAL CEREMONY

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Il duello rituale e' parte della piu' complessa cerimonia funebre. 

Cerimonia rituale che punta alla pacificazione dell'anima del defunto.

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The villagers proceed out of the village

following the white cloth on polls or 'way'.

 The shamans dance round the bamboo containing a bone of the dead person.

 Other shamans dance to capture the bamboo with

the dead person's spirit in it from people 

dressed in mocking costumes.

Finally the dead person's spirit is captured and

pacified by the shamans.

The villagers and priests return to the village.

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