May Goddess Laxmi with her multi-manifestations bless us all with both spiritual and material abundance!
Two years ago on this day I had the opportunity to immerse in Khaas Indigenous Shaman's world in West Nepal. The shamanic trance inducers with the support of specific drum rhythms by lineage drummers, the shamans incorporated their respective spirits which ranged from Harul-Gadul to Ingadi, the farm and village protectors from wild animals.
It is one of the oldest form of shamanism living and the shamans occupy the highest place in social, cultural and spiritual lives of the people.
Traditional musicians played their drums, trumpets were played by the caretaker organization, Vedic Brahmans priest did the ceremony of purification and blessings. All the shamans chosen and refined by their respective tutelary deities and ancestors went into a very deep and strong shamanic trance.
The priest honored them by offering turban, Tula and mala. The chosen presiding shaman jumped into the special platform made for the occasion jumped onto to it and the shaking became violent changing his facial expression, tooling eyes and twitching body parts. The musician played appropriate rhythm and the trumpet players blew sounds from four cardinal directions onto the body of the shaman.
As you see in the pictures, the shamans dress is very simple white colored with the recognition of a turban, ear rings, bracelets and very long tufts of hair with strings and rings of silver and gold bounded on then. One of the shamans had around 3 meters long tuft . As you see they don't carry or play any instruments. 22 different types of rhythms are played each connected to a particular deity of the shaman.
A new world to uncover!