NEPAL SHAMANS, pictures from the very early 70’s. PREPARING A CHAM DANCE. THE TRADITIONAL DANCE OF THE TRIBAL RAUTE PEOPLE OF NEPAL.

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NEPAL SHAMANS

pictures from the very early 70’s

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–PREPARING FOR A CHAM DANCE IN KORZOK VILLAGE, TSOMORIRI

TEXT AND PICTURES COURTESY OF TRAVEL LUST WORDPRESS

http://ihavetravellust.wordpress.com

A high Lama visited the village of Korzok at Tsomoriri and they decided to perform a Cham dance only the day before. The Cham dance or Masked dance is only performed by the monks and suppose to give merits to the audience, the monks are dressed in beautifully made ornamental costumes and masks of animal deities.

I happened to intrude into the preparations for the cham dance while everyone else including some annoyingly irritating Indian photographers and some other rich European photographers with huge camera set-up waiting in the courtyard for the performance. The monks were kind enough to let me stay on and photograph them dressing up for the dance. The whole preparation was amazing, everyone calmly went about dressing up, the other monks and villagers helping out, dressing the monks in their beautifully intricate costumes.

The feeling I got from this event : well its more genuine and provincial, more real compared to the other large events that is happening in the other places.

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MAMOIADA

A LIVING TRADITION

AN ICONOGRAPHIC COMPARISON

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 In collaboration with the MUSEO DELLE MASCHERE MEDITERRANEE di Mamoiada (Italy).

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THE TRADITIONAL DANCE OF THE TRIBAL RAUTE PEOPLE

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The nomadic hunter and gathering Raute people struggle to survive, but fiercly protect their ancient lifestyle in the western forests of Nepal.
Courtesy of Knut-Erik Helle  http://keh.nu/

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Kings of the Forest: The Cultural Resilience of Himalayan Hunter-Gathers , by Jana Fortier, University of Hawaii Press, 2009.

A hunter-gatherer society is one whose primary subsistence method involves the direct procurement of edible plants and animals from the wild, foraging and hunting without significant recourse to the domestication of either.

“There is no need for us to live like you.”

The Raute people of the Karnali and Makahali regions of Western Nepal is a nomadic indigenous ethnic group, which population is estimated in around 650 persons, their language is classified as Tibeto-Burman, closely related to the one spoken by two related ethic groups, the Ban Raji and Raij , the closest documentated language to the Raute is probably the Chepang, spoken by this ethnic group of West-Central Nepal. Officially recongnized by the Nepalese Government, the Raute are known for their life-subsistence linked with the  hunting of  macaque, langur monkeys, bats, porcoupine, and the gathering of wild forest tubers, fruits, and greens. To obtain grain, iron and cloths they trade handmade typical wooden bowls and boxes to the local farmers. The Raute however don’t sell other products of the forest, bushmeat or forest medicinal plants.

In the present  world  this last  primitive hunter-gatherer society  living in the monsoons rainforest of Western Nepal  struggles with the  deforestation and encroachment, language loss, political domination by surrounding communities.  The book explores how this ethnic group is tryong to maintain its traditional way of life .

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RICHARD LAIR COLLECTION

A SENSITIVE SELECTION

https://ethnoflorence.wordpress.com/2010/01/25/nepal-mask-himalayan-tribal-art-richard-lair-collection-a-sensitive-selection/

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NEPAL SHAMANISM AND TRIBAL SCULPTURE

-NEPAL. SHAMANISM AND TRIBAL SCULPTURE, Christian Lequindre, Marc Petit.

In collaboration with NEPAL TRIBAL ART

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-About the Authors of  NEPAL. SHAMANISM AND TRIBAL SCULPTURE:

-MARC PETIT

 Writer and collector, he has donated a collection of masks from Nepal to the Musée des Arts Premiers Quai Branly, Paris. 

Among his books:

– « A Masque découvert, regards sur les arts primitifs de l’Himalaya », Stock, 1995.

– « La Statuaire archaïque du Népal occidental », Renaud Vanuxem, 2006.

-« Le Masque de la Chine », Musée Jacquemart André, Actes Sud, 2007.

-CHRISTIAN LEQUINDRE 

Photographer and collector, he has been resident in Nepal since the 1980s.

He carried out multiple field studies between 1995 and 2005 and produced three documentaries on different masks traditions in Nepal.

He has also directed the Annapurna Gallery in Paris from 1989 to 1995.

Publisher: Infolio

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HIMALAYAN TRIBAL ART HIMACHAL PRADESH TRIBAL ART “UNIVERSAL PRIMITIVE ARCHETYPAL SYMBOLS IN SOME ANCIENT NORTHERN INDIAN HIGH RELIEF CARVED WINDOWS FROM SANATAN KHAVADYA COLLECTION NEW DHELI”

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NEPAL 

SHAMANISM AND TRIBAL SCULPTURE

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Christian Lequindre, Marc Petit.

In collaboration with NEPAL TRIBAL ART

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About the Authors:

MARC PETIT

Writer and collector, he has donated a collection of masks from Nepal to the Musée des Arts Premiers Quai Branly, Paris.

Among his books:

– « A Masque découvert, regards sur les arts primitifs de l’Himalaya », Stock, 1995.

– « La Statuaire archaïque du Népal occidental », Renaud Vanuxem, 2006.

-« Le Masque de la Chine », Musée Jacquemart André, Actes Sud, 2007.

-CHRISTIAN LEQUINDRE

Photographer and collector, he has been resident in Nepal since the 1980s.

He carried out multiple field studies between 1995 and 2005 and produced three documentaries on different masks traditions in Nepal.

He has also directed the Annapurna Gallery in Paris from 1989 to 1995.

Publisher: Infolio

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UNIVERSAL PRIMITIVE ARCHETYPAL SYMBOLS IN SOME ANCIENT NORTHERN INDIAN HIGH RELIEF CARVED WINDOWS FROM SANATAN KHAVADYA COLLECTION

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-THE VILLAGE GODS OF SOUTH INDIA

THE MOST COMPLETE PAGE OF THE WEB DEVOTED TO THE GRAMA DEVATAS OF SOUTH INDIA, AND NOT ONLY.

A REPORT ABOUT THE UNIQUE FIELD DOCUMENTATIONS THAT  HARRY HOLTZMAN COLLECTED 50 YEARS AGO.

“The Grama Devatas represent still today an important key to understanding the basic model of thought of a  part of South Indian population, still living the village way of life. These particular forms of image and worship have further the extraordinary characteristic of representing the most ancient tradition of the earliest past brought into the present. From the religious art view point, the village shrines represent an outstanding expression of forms and sites unique to India. Mr Stephen Inglis in his writing “Night Riders: Massive Temple Figures of Rural Tamil Nadu”, about the terracotta horses of South Indian Shrines wrote that “… technically they are the most ambitiuous achievements in clay found in India and by any survey probably the largest hollow clay images to be created anywhere.” 

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NEPAL MASK HIMALAYAN TRIBAL ART RICHARD LAIR COLLECTION, A SENSITIVE SELECTION

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Photo courtesy of Richard Lairs


Nepalese shaman pictures courtesy of    Josh Lustig –  https://ethnoflorence.wordpress.com/2009/02/01/nepalese-shamans-a-voyage-in-the-soul-trance-ecstasy-and-healing-with-the-photos-of-josh-lustig/ –   http://www.joshlustig.com/; Vincent Van den Berg http://web.mac.com/vincentvandenberg/shi/Index.html , Manishakya http://www.flickr.com/photos/manishakya/  Arts Premiers Collection Bruxelles , undated nepalese post card.

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– CALLING OF THE SPIRITS….coming soon

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– DIGITAL HIMALAYA

THANGMI FILM COLLECTION

Since 1997, Mark Turin and Sara Shneiderman have been using digital video to document the cultural complex of Thangmi shamanism and its related cosmology.

Below are five links of short clips of Thangmi shamans conducting rituals which include cutting hair for purification before ritual practice, a narration of the Thangmi origin myth, a healing ritual in Damarang (Dolakha district, Nepal), and an exorcism ritual and subsequent healing ritual in Kodari (Sindhupalcok district, Nepal).

1) Thangmi Shaman Film: Rana Bahadur Cutting His Hair

This film clip shows the senior shaman (or guru in Thangmi) Rana Bahadur having his head shaved by a relative in preparation for an important ritual. Rana Bahadur shared a great deal of his knowledge with anthropologists Shneiderman and Turin before he passed away in late 2002.

Filmed by Mark Turin in Suspa, Dolakha district, Nepal, 2000

http://www.digitalhimalaya.com/collections/thangmiarchive/thangmifilmviewer.php?filmNum=1&bandwidth=1

2) Rana Bahadur Origin Song

This film clip shows the senior shaman (or guru in Thangmi) Rana Bahadur narrating a section of the Thangmi origin myth. He beats a plate to the rhythm of his chanting. Rana Bahadur shared a great deal of his knowledge with anthropologists Shneiderman and Turin before he passed away in late 2002.

Filmed by Mark Turin in Suspa, Dolakha district, Nepal, 2000

http://www.digitalhimalaya.com/collections/thangmiarchive/thangmifilmviewer.php?filmNum=2&bandwidth=1

3) Jit Bahadur Healing Ritual

This film clip shows the young shaman (or guru in Thangmi) Jit Bahadur, the son of Rana Bahadur, beating his drum and going into trance to exorcise the malevolent spirits which have caused a young woman to be ill. The film was shot in complete darkness in an attempt to accurately illustrate the atmosphere of a shamanic seance.

Filmed by Mark Turin in Suspa, Dolakha district, Nepal, 2000.

http://www.digitalhimalaya.com/collections/thangmiarchive/thangmifilmviewer.php?filmNum=3&bandwidth=1

4) Kodari Guru Healing Ritual I

This film clip shows the senior shaman (or guru in Thangmi) Jhankri Maila, preparing flour effigies of the spirit world on a bamboo winnowing tray. After the preparations are complete, he commences the ritual which is a healing ritual for a young woman who has been feeling unwell for some time.

Filmed by Mark Turin in Kodari, Nepal, January 1998.

http://www.digitalhimalaya.com/collections/thangmiarchive/thangmifilmviewer.php?filmNum=4&bandwidth=1

5) Kodari Guru Healing Ritual II

This film clip shows the senior shaman (or guru in Thangmi) Jhankri Maila, with a patient. After asking some preliminary questions about his general health and diet, he checks the patient’s pulse and heart and blows the infection away. Afterwards, they share a cigarette.

Filmed by Mark Turin in Kodari, Nepal, January 1998

http://www.digitalhimalaya.com/collections/thangmiarchive/thangmifilmviewer.php?filmNum=5&bandwidth=1

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– NEPALESE SHAMAN KIT FROM BILL MARSH COLLECTION

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– MUSEE DE LA CASTRE OF CANNES, NEW STUFF

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RENZO FRESCHI multimedia corner…

-EROTIC WOOD CARVINGS IN NEPALI TEMPLE

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NABIN BARAL is a valid Nepalese photographer friend and collaborator of the Ethoflorence project, see his  documentary pics,  on

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– THE VILLAGE GODS OF SOUTH INDIA.

“….I was perplexed because the three sites I had found between Trichinopoly and Madura in that first trip were so extraordinary, so exciting, that I couldn’t believe what I was later to verify through foremost authorities in London and Paris: that the village gods (Grama Devatas) were virtually unknown except to a few theologians and anthropologists…” (Harry Holtzman)

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AFTER MORE THAN 50 YEARS THE UNIQUE HARRY HOLTZMAN FIELD DOCUMENTATION OF 130 SHRINES OF THE SOUTH INDIA VILLAGE GODS , GRAMA DEVATAS, IS WHAT REMAIN OF A LOST WORLD.

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– ETHNOFLORENCE EARLY HIMALAYAN PHOTO ARCHIVE, UNDER CONSTRUCTION

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COMING SOON.

NEPAL MASKS .Nepalese masks from the Mamberti-Dias André collection. Richard Lair Collection, a sensitive selection, coming soon.The village gods of south India, Harry Holtzman Collection.

THE VILLAGE GODS OF SOUTH INDIA.

In a letter of November 6 1966, the late  Art historian of South Asian art  Ms Stella Kramrisch (1896 Nikolsburg (now Mikulov), Czech Republic – 1993 Philadelphia, PA) , at that time  Curator of Indian Art of the Philadelphia Museum of Art asked and then obtained  some photographs from the late American Artists Mr  Harry Holtzman  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Harry_Holtzman (1912 NYC – 1987 Lyme Ct) for her scheduled exhibition on traditionally Indian village Art “Unknown India Ritual Art in Tribe and Village”(Philadelphia Museum of Art 1968). (Source: Harry Holtzman paper, Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library, Yale University, New Haven CT USA).

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 AFTER MORE THAN 50 YEARS THE UNIQUE HARRY HOLTZMAN FIELD DOCUMENTATION OF 130 SHRINES OF THE SOUTH INDIA VILLAGE GODS  IS WHAT REMAIN OF A LOST WORLD.

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-NEPAL. SHAMANISM AND TRIBAL SCULPTURE, Christian Lequindre, Marc Petit.

In collaboration with NEPAL TRIBAL ART

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-AN EXCEPTIONAL NEPALESE WOODEN PRIMITIVE FIGURE AND AN INTERESTING GROUP OF HIMALAYAN  MASKS FROM THE MAMBERTI-DIAS ANDRE’ COLLECTION.

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(Photo courtesy  Mamberti-Dias André collection).

 -EXCEPTIONAL NEPALESE FUNGUS MASK FROM THE BILL MARSH COLLECTION 

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 (Photo courtesy of Bill Marsh)

https://ethnoflorence.wordpress.com/category/collection-bill-marsh/

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 A selection of nepalese fungus masks is available on

ARTS POPULAIRES DU MONDE 

collection, the new site

of 

PHIL MOURVAN:

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-RICHARD LAIR COLLECTION, A SENSITIVE SELECTION.

Richard Lair collection

(The zoomorphic detail of this nepalese artifact  of the Richard Lair Collection is, for what we know,…unique).

COMING SOON

-ETHNOFLORENCE EARLY HIMALAYAN ARCHIVE. UNDER CONSTRUCTION. COMING SOON.

ETHNOFLOENCE HIMALAYAN FOLK AND TRIBAL ART

-NEPAL, FOLK ART , A LOST WORLD, PICS FROM THE ETHNOFLORENCE HIMALAYAN FOLK AND TRIBAL ART ARCHIVE COLLECTION

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