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Attending a shamanic ritual
The explorer Bruce Parry prepares for and attends a Sanema shamanic ritual. The shamans take a hallucinogenic snuff to awaken the spirits inside them. The Sanema believe their shamans can cure diseases and protect them from evil. This clip was first published as part of the BBC Tribe website: bbc.co.uk/tribe/index.shtml. Please note this clip is only available in Flash.
Useful in the context of a unit on cultural understanding and diversity or a study of people and their environment. Ask your learners to research the key beliefs of shamanism or to identify other areas of the world where shamanism is widely practised. Contains some brief scenes of contextualised drug taking.
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