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Screenshot at mai 22 13 11 42 600x400The night of the shaman

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