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A low caste shaman gives the ultimate gesture of submission to a high caste shaman as he invokes the gods before a ritual trance dance.

Olard Dixon (Elville Chilbiir-Kam) shaman's festival at Tuva

Olard Dixon (Elville Chilbiir-Kam) shaman's festival at Tuva

Working to beat the devil - Yup'ik shaman exorcising evil spirits from a sick boy, c.1890 Perhaps kass'aq Christians should rethink our stereotypes of shamans as "evil"...

Yup'ik Eskimo Medicine Man, Exorcising Evil Spirits From a Sick Boy, Nushagak, Alaska,

A Tibetan nomad shaman of Nepal’s remote Dolpo district invokes a mountain god called “Fierce Red Spirit” to help him heal a patient. He is part of an ancient Tibetan way of life that combines anamism with the teachings of Buddha.  image from National Geographic April 1977.

A Tibetan nomad Shaman of Nepal’s remote Dolpo district invokes a mountain god called “Fierce Red Spirit” to help him heal a patient. He is part of an ancient Tibetan way of life that combines anamism with the teachings of Buddha.

Even though Shaman Magar Jankiri is a man, everything about his clothing, the bells, the headdress is that of a woman shaman... Someday the women of Nepal shall be shamans again.

Even though Shaman Magar Jankiri is a man, everything about his clothing, the bells, the headdress is that of a woman shaman. Someday the women of Nepal shall be shamans again.

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