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

Titel : The shaman's night
Production : Véra Frossard - France | 2008 | 52 minutes

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Jankiri lives in an isolated area of Nepal. At 76, nothing distinguishes him a priori from neighboring peasants. He cultivates his fields around his house, sorts his corn, cuts his wood. But he is also a shaman. And as every year, the fateful night approaches ... The one where his powers, allied with those of the other shamans of the region, will allow "to fetch" the spirit of the ancestors in the heart of the forest and to capture it. This spirit will be immediately taken on a summit, at 3,500 m altitude, to protect the inhabitants of the valley for the year to come. It is a perilous and delicate challenge, even uncertain ... Disturbing the spirits requires great control from the shamans who take all the necessary precautions to protect themselves during secret ceremonies and macabre. On this occasion, I had the privilege of witnessing phenomena inconceivable for a rational mind …