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Shamans of Tuva

Shamans of Tuva. With the split of Soviet Union spiritual and religious practices used to arise in former Soviet republics. New forms of traditional practices appeared to be, forms never existed before. Today practicing shamans in Tuva are organised into several competitive societies. They are officially registered to the state as practicing religious organisations, they pay taxes, have they own office, secretary and stuff, receive their clients to the cabinets of former state medical clinics. One of the most interesting and marginal societies between them- “Adyg Eeren” (“Spirit of Bear”) is located to the former clinic of the capital of Republic Tuva- Kyzyl. The chief of the society, shaman named Adyg- Tulush Kara-ool Dopchun-oglu is one of the descendors of an ancient tuvinian clan of bear. Each shaman in Adyg- Eeren is a caracteristic personality with it’s own unique history. Among others the only russian shaman in Tuva Dmitry Markov practicing to Adyg- Eeren. The report includes a number of events: ritual for the solar eclipse, ritual for calling of spirits at Kaa- Hem (Valley of Ancestors) at Maly Enisey river, healing of german tourist, healing of french anthropologist Laetitia Merly. Also- ritual of “cleaning” the car, shamans playing chess, working meeting of the group and issuing a “card of shaman”, medical examining of shamans by the doctors of the city clinic. The report was done in collaboration with a french anthropologist, specialist on contemporary shamanism, Doctor Laetitia Merly. The events took place to capital of republic of Tuva, town of Kyzyl in August 2008
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Chief of Adyg- Eeren, shaman Adyg- Tulush Kara-ool Dopchun-oglu doing a ritual in his office

Chief of Adyg- Eeren, shaman Adyg- Tulush Kara-ool Dopchun-oglu doing a ritual in his office

Ritual of calling for spirits at Kaa- Hem (Valley of Ancestors) at Maly Enisey river. Drying and warming up a ritual drum before the ritual.

Ritual of calling for spirits at Kaa- Hem (Valley of Ancestors) at Maly Enisey river. Drying and warming up a ritual drum before the ritual.

Ritual shamanic drum between "Nivea" and "Adidas" in the offices of Adyg- Eeren

Ritual shamanic drum between “Nivea” and “Adidas” in the offices of Adyg- Eeren

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One response

  1. Such an interesting and unusual web site! I have been interested in Tuva for so many years but have never travelled there. Such a long way from Europe. So many traditions still. Thank you for sharing all these things.
    (I am sorry I can only write in English)

    April 7, 2015 at 9:43 pm

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