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Yi (Nuosu) shaman-priest(bimo) Sichuan holding a purification ceremony. Forms of shamanic ritual activity are also found throughout other parts of China, though these practices differ in many respects from northern styles. One example is the su-nyi and bimo, shamans and shaman-priests among the Yi people of Southern Sichuan Province of China. Many Daoist priests in Taiwan and other Chinese areas function in ways similar to shamans, especially in the conducting of séances and funeral rites.
Nakhi Dongba (Shaman or Wise Man) The Nakhi aka Naxi is a tribe living in the Tibetan Foothills of Yunnan and Sichuan Provinces in SW China and traditionally adherents to the Dongba Religion. The Dongba religion is based on the balanced relationship between nature and man. In Dongba mythology, "Nature" and "Man" are half-brothers, having different mothers. The religion is an off-shoot of the beliefs of the 900 year old Tibetan Bön religion. The word "Dongba" literally means "wise man" in the Na