Association for the Radiation of Himalayan Cultures




Photographs from De long en large Ladakh by Jean Mansion - Édition Findakly. Copyright Lise Mansion


For our 65th evening, we will be happy to welcome

Keeryang PARK

for a communication entitled

Korean shamanism and the Jeseok dance

Keeryang PARK is the heir to a 250 year old shamanic tradition. In particular, she is the daughter of Byungchun PARK who is the specialist of the family ritual of bowl lids to console the souls of the dead and wish prosperity to the living or "Bokgaechum". This is a part of the shamanic ritual for the purification of the soul "Ssitgim gut" which is the Korean cultural heritage No. 72.

Keeryang PARK is a representative of the "Korea Shaman Dance Research Association" and a member of the "Korean National Dance Company". She frequently performs shamanic dances in Korea and has recently hosted four events in Paris around "Ssitgim gut".

Keeryang PARK is also, in line with her master's degree (A Study on the Relationship Between Korean Creation Myth and Jindo Ssitgim gut Bokgaechum) and her doctorate of arts (A Comparative Study on Jeseokchum in Donghae-an Byeolsingut and Jindo Ssitgim gut), a recognized researcher on Korean shamanism, and it is mainly in this capacity that she is proposing the present conference.

The conference

Keeryang PARK's lecture will provide answers to the following points:

1 - To have an overview of Korean shamanism,

2 - Knowing its components,

3 - Understand the sequences,

4 - To perceive the meaning of gut Jeseok as an element of Korean shamanism,

5 - Appreciate the value of Jeseok dance.

This evening will take place on

Thursday, April 28 at 06:00 PM Paris

Keeryang PARK will speak from Korea, in Korean. A French translation will be done simultaneously.

This evening will be organized in collaboration with Mr. Denis MEINGAN.

The subject being new compared to our usual center of interest it is perhaps not useless to indicate you some selected publications, by Clémence of the bookshop the Phoenix on the Korean shamanism:

In French:

"The shaman with the fan, a life story of a Korean mudang", Imago, 2015

"Sharing Happiness, Unraveling Resentment, Story of the Shaman with Ten Thousand Spirits" by Kim Kum-hwa, Imago, 2015

Cahier d'Extrême Asie, number 6, EFEO, 1991–1992

"Island of the Shamans" by Jay Kim, Matin calme, 2021

"La Chamane" by DONG-RI K., Maisonneuve & Larose, 2001.

En anglais :

"Shamans, Nostalgias, and the IMF: South Korean Popular Religion in Motion" de Kendall, Laurel

"Religion in Korea: Harmony and Coexistence" de Koehler, Robert

"Folk Art and Magic: Shamanism in Korea" de Alan Carter Covell

"Mu-Ga : The Ritual Songs of the Korean Mudangs".

You will have the opportunity to participate in the meeting by logging on to Zoom

Meeting ID: 850 1920 8352 Secret code: 844433


Our next party, the 64ᵉ, will be held on Thursday, March 17 at 06:00 PM Paris

It will be dedicated to Charlotte Cruz and Chilly Charly de "La Goutte Créative".

Who have published a charming book of Tibetan fables.

Trésors de Sagesse

Collected by Dr. Chok, which they have translated and illustrated.

They will tell us about the genesis of this project.

They also work with the MEM - Musée des Explorations du Monde (ex de la Castre) in Cannes to illustrate certain exhibitions.

As in previous years, you will be able to participate in the meeting by logging on to Zoom: Connection

Meeting ID:  968 0533 3293 - Secret code: 595748

invitation sandy ARCH/WORLD ROOF PARTY, MARCH 2022

Our next party, the 63ᵉ, will be held on Wednesday, March 9, 2022

It will be dedicated to the book

A.W. Macdonald

We will be happy to present the launch.

At the gallery Le Toit du Monde, 6 rue Visconti, from 6 pm to 9 pm.

Life story

Posthumous biography, was published by Anne Vergati with the support of the Ethnological Society.

From fighting in the Indian Army in Burma to his work as an ethnologist in the Himalayas, his life has been particularly rich and diversified.

Various researchers who collaborated with him, in particular Charles Ramble who prefaced the book, will comment on it.

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pommaret textilesARCH/WORLD ROOF PARTY, FEBRUARY 2022

Our next party, the 62ᵉ, will be held on Thursday, February 17, 2022

It will be dedicated to the book

The Extraordinary Life of The Fourteenth Dalai Lama 

Narrated by the Dalai Lama

Conference Summary:

The author being in New York, it will take place, like the previous ones, through Zoom and in English. Adrien Viel will be in charge of the animation.
Because of the time difference, it will take place at 06:00 PM in Paris. 2

To participate in the Zoom meeting: here - ID de réunion : 988 4792 2709 - Code secret : 855941


We have the pleasure to receive the tibetologist Françoise Pommaret, for a conference on

Les Textiles du Bhoutan
le 20 Jan 2022 04:00 PM Paris by Zoom.

Résumé de la conférence :

Bhutan has a diversity of textiles unparalleled in the Himalayan world. In terms of techniques, fibers and patterns, it is more similar to Southeast Asia than to the Tibetan culture. In Bhutan, textiles and weaving are at the same time an art of living, a cultural identity marker and a social marker. We explore these multiple facets through an illustrated and commented presentation.

To participate in the Zoom meeting: here - Meeting ID: 920 8234 8661 - Secret code: 982329

STEINMANN Photo 1ARCH / SEEA evening in January 2022 x

in collaboration with the Society of Euro-Asian Studies (SEEA), we will find

Thursday, January 13, 2022 at 6:30 PM,

in the workshop room 1 in the basement of the Quai Branly - Jacques-Chirac Museum
(free admission)

Brigitte STEINMANN (Professor Emeritus, Social Anthropology, University of Lille)

Exorcism rituals using subterfuge for demons (linga, mdos, scapegoat) in Indo-Tibetan traditions in Nepal: reversing the forces of life (Eros) and death (Thanatos) by exorcising the ancestors

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The couple "Eros and Thanatos", whether we want to characterize it by the opposition of life and death, the association of sexual and death drives, or love and carnal pleasure as opposed to cadaverization and putrefaction, continues to cross space and time in Western Europe. We find a counterpoint to this in East Asia, referring first to Indian traditions that depict the phallus of the god Śiva erected above the yoni, or womb of the goddess. This sculptural assemblage is indeed presented in infinite artistic variety, and symbolizes the ideas of creation and destruction, the powers of life and death, combining in a quasi-organic union the organs of the god Śiva and the goddess or primordial force (shakti). We want to show how, in Tibetan tantric dances ('cham) and many of the ritual celebrations related to the cycles of life and death among the Indo-Tibetan populations of Nepal, similar male and female energies are represented and dealt with around the construction and destruction of a liṅgam (Sanskrit term), a male or female anthropomorphic figure, sometimes bisexual, drawn on a paper support or fabricated to embody evil, the personal enemy, or the enemy of the whole religion. Long and complex tantric and exorcistic rituals are played and replayed in Indo-Tibetan ritual theater, through dances, visualizations and ephemeral constructions (of the mdos type), in which the aim is to destroy the 'demon-obstacles' that attack the person, while letting the 'soul' of these demons exhale, a procedure that reinforces the power of the officiant.

Through illustrated analyses of Buddhist funeral and ancestral rituals in Nepal, we show how the treatment of liṅgam, the fabrication of mdos supports, and the use of a scapegoat, invert the Western philosophical relationship between Eros and Thanatos : in the Tibetan Buddhist perspective, everything happens indeed as if pleasure, love, sexuation and death, all concepts embodied throughout Greco-Latin antiquity in distinct allegorical figures, were on the contrary and always fundamentally indistinguishable in the Indo-Tibetan worlds. We want to illustrate how, in the latter, it is from the destruction of an external enemy that liberation and the exit from suffering comes. This destruction, which is also the deliverance of a 'soul'implies an inverted reading of the relationship between Eros and Thanatos, if indeed liberation from the cycle of existences can only occur with the elimination-liberation of a 'bisexual' liṅgam, the making and destruction of mdos representing the ancestors, and the elimination of a scapegoat. Thus is cancelled the separation of being between Eros as infinite tension and desire, and Thanatos as final death or annihilation.

Statue dIndraThe evenings of December 2021

We continue our collaboration A.R.C.H. / Société des Études Euros-Asiatiques, and propose the

Thursday, December 9 at 6:30 pm,
in the cinema room of the musée du quai Branly (in the basement - free access) a conference by

Gérard Toffin
Directeur de Recherche Émérite du CNRS


Iconographie et contexte culturel.

les femmes chamanesThursday, December 16 at 5 p.m.

through the Zoom

Sylvie Lasserre

will present and comment on his book

Avec les femmes chamanes d'Asie Centrale

His intervention will begin with a film.

It will be necessary to connect by going to Zoom:

Meeting ID: 989 4186 4724 - Secret code: 459195

Le ciel et la marmitte The sky and the pot

With the women shamans of Central Asia

We are on the borders of Uzbekistan, at the height of winter. In the distance, the snowy peaks of the Turkestan mountains. A dry river, which serves as a track. At the edge, a farm, the last one before Tajikistan. There lives Mayram, a renowned shaman, whose life Sylvie Lasserre has shared. A few years later, on the other side of the border, the author befriends Mavlyuda, another renowned shaman.

In this remote region of Central Asia where shamanism has a strong pre-Islamic background, Mayram and Mavlyuda heal women in rituals called ko'ch' during which strange phenomena occur.

Through these rituals that she deciphers, the author shares with us emotions and life stories for an in-depth journey into the fascinating universe of this shamanic ritual. With the passing of the pages, the initial incredulity fades away, while another vision of a world questioning in hollow the faults of our modern societies is revealed.

Born in Morocco, doctor in physics, Sylvie Lasserre left a career as an engineer to start writing, photography and reporting. She has been traveling through Central Asia since 2004. She graduated from the EPHE in social anthropology and is a member of the Asian Society.