Tuva Republic (02:03)
The Tuvans preserved their culture of shamanism, dating back 3,000 years. The practice was illegal from the 1930s to 1991. Bernard Fontanille meets the youngest and most well-known shaman in Tuva, Bouian Soian.
Diagnostic and Divination Consultation (03:09)
Soian reflects on the changes in Kyzyl; shamanism has adapted and modernized. Soian treats a man experiencing kidney pain and explains the use of sacred stones.
Traditional Healing (02:44)
Soian treats the patient with the use of stones, massage, and shamanistic chant. Shamans have always practiced touch healing.
Shamans Balance Communities (03:46)
Shamanism is a part of daily life in Kyzyl. Residents gather in a park in a ritual to honor the dead. Fontanille accompanies Soian to a sacred site; water spirits are an integral part of Soian's life.
Shamanic Chant (03:05)
Soian works to strengthen ties between shamanism and modern medicine. He treats alcohol dependent patients at a health clinic.
Healing Mud (02:48)
Elena Ontsour (Soian's teacher), Soian, and Fontanille travel to the steppe. They collect white mud for treatments.
Cradle of Shamanism (02:09)
Ontsour began her shamanistic journey in the Siberian steppe during Soviet repression. Shamans serve as guides to their people.
Nomadic Descent (05:17)
Soian and Ontsour often take care of farmers; Soian's family welcomes the group with tea. Soian and Ontsour treat a young man with pain in his arm. Later, the duo performs a ritual blessing for the herd.
Credits: Russia: The Cradle Of Shamanism—World Medicine (00:30)
Credits: Russia: The Cradle Of Shamanism—World Medicine
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