Wu: The female sorceress, witch and shaman in ancient China

        The strong pattern of female shamans in eastern Asia has been erased from the history that most people know. Yet women predominated in shamanism of ancient China, Japan, and Korea, and have persisted into modern times in eastern Siberia, Korea, Manchuria, Okinawa, Vietnam, Indonesia, and the Philippines. Today I’d like to…

Wu: The female sorceress, witch and shaman in ancient China was originally published on The Hidden Left Hand

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Will the real shaman please stand up?

In Tuva (Southern Siberia), people expect that each class of beings contains singular individuals that distinguish themselves by atypical bodily and behavioral features and capacities. Among humans, such beings are shamans, but Tuvans also identify shamans among animals and trees. Even in the landscape, some atypical places are strong personalities.The supposed relationship that connects all…

Will the real shaman please stand up? was originally published on The Hidden Left Hand

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