14 May 2014 04:00
Shyabrubesi is a small village situated in the Nepali Himalaya, only 13 km away from the Chinese border. The village is the starting point for the popular Langtang trek. During high season, hundreds of tourists from all over the world pass through the village. However, the village’s shamanistic heritage is a well kept secret. Rituals mostly take place at nights and in private spaces. Shamans perform special healing procedures known as pujas, to keep bad spirits away. During the Janai Purnima holiday, about 1000 local villagers and shamans go for a traditional pilgrimage. In these local communities, shamans are respected leaders.