Shamanic Solitudes: Ecstasy, Madness and Spirit Possession in the Nepal Himalaya
Author: Martino Nicoletti
Description: An itinerary only apparently circular furrows the universe of Kulunge Rshamanism in Nepal. A nomadic religion, generated within the space of a double geography that weaves vivid visionary foreshortenings into the flat weft of reality. An extraordinary journey through the principal places composing the universe of shamanic reality the call by the spirits of the wood. The dreams and initiate visions; the vocational sickness and flight into the forest mandatory steps on the path to obtaining powers; the praxis of healing and funerary rituals, centered on the experience of a magic journey accomplished by crossing different regions of the cosmos; the body’s function and corporeity within the choreatic-musical world of shamanism: a body acting as temple and simulacrum for a divine epiphany. As a frontier between worlds. A vocal and sonorous body capable of starting up the great shamanic machine.