The life and healing practices of a tribe in the Himalayas in north-western Nepal.




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Credited cast:
Bal Bahadur
Beth Bahadur
Man Bahadur
Tul Bahadur


The film was shot under difficult physical conditions between 1977 and 1979 on three successive expeditions to a remote Himalayan village in the vicinity of the Dhaulagiri Range in north-western Nepal.The almost four-hour documentary shows Shamanism in the lives of the Magar in all its variety and range. It follows the arduous process of initiation that each student has to go through before he or she can enter the guild of the chosen healers. It participates in many rituals and séances the Shamans perform to cure their patients' illnesses and avert their misfortune. The many facets of this religion are presented in a visual language that suit the Magar's perspective, disregarding all theoretical speculations that usually overgrow this kind of subject. The film asks plain questions: How does one become a Shaman? What tests must one undergo? What is required of the candidates, and what do they acquire? What world view and what cosmology govern Shamanistic healing? What purpose do the ... Written by Anonymous

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A documentary epic on magical healing in the Himalayas








Release Date:

11 April 1981 (West Germany)  »

Also Known As:

Schamanen im Blinden Land  »

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Narrator: Over the widely scattered tribes of man, there once ruled iron fate with silent force. The better times had waned. The present dark age had begun. -- In the First, golden, Age man had reaped the fruits of the earth with ease, toiling but little to earn his daily meal. Illness and the debilities of old age were unknown. There was no malice, no strife, no pride, no fraud, no jealousy and no envy. -- In the Second Age the sacred gods came into being, with all manner of rights and ...
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