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Category Archives: spiritual
Sunday, 2nd October, 2011 – 2:09 pm
Above own photos taken at the Zanabazar Museum of Fine Arts, Ulan Bator, Mongolia.
“This Shaman’s costume (pictures above) is one of a series of elements which allowed a shaman’s body to transform into a ‘vessel’ that received different spirits. Among the Imin Numinchen, shamans were primarily concerned with healing, prediction and with people’s relations with their ancestors. This costume belonged to a young female shaman who died in the 1930s, aged 25. No two costumes are identical. They are assembled and added to as a shaman becomes more experienced, incorporating materials from different sources. The brass mirrors came from Chinese merchants. The heavy shaman’s mirrors act in a double capacity – they protect the shaman by deflecting harm, while revealing what is normally invisible to the human eye. The number of mirrors on the costume indicates the shaman’s powers and maps a geographical cosmos. By wearing the costume, the shaman is located in the centre of this cosmos. During performance, a shaman is seized by one or more ancestral spirits, so that what is inside the mirror-costume is the spirits, rather than the shaman’s body. Here, the body is something open to forces that can control it, inhabit its form and shape its physical features.”
Photo by Lee Marshall (boristhegreat)
There are also some great photographs of Mongolian Shamans on Donna Todd’s site.
Tuesday, 10th May, 2011 – 9:28 pm
Photo by Hamon jp.
Tuesday, 28th December, 2010 – 8:09 pm
Sorry blog, I’ve been travelling. Saw this statue of Binzuru at Todai-ji Temple in Nara. An alleged master of occult powers plus you can be healed if you rub the part of him that corresponds to your affliction.
Monday, 24th May, 2010 – 9:34 pm
Wednesday, 19th May, 2010 – 11:13 am
Tuesday, 12th January, 2010 – 8:41 pm
“There is no other way but to shake sin off one’s shoulders. During the three days Qorbân holiday, all people regardless of their age or sex, ride on swings towards the heavens to purify themselves of sin. Doydokh village, Jargalân.”
Monday, 14th December, 2009 – 10:49 pm
Guo Fengyi began practicing Qigong in early retirement which led to visions she was compelled to draw out. Current exhibition in London, the Museum of Everything (loads of outsider art, highly recommended go go go!) has three of her works which are awe-inspiringly big wall size massive drawings.