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The Rise of the Shamans

Episode 5 of 30

Around the world, charismatic individuals claim the ability to talk to spirits, heal illness and help crops grow. David Hendy explains why sound is central to the shaman's power.

Episode five of a thirty-part series made in collaboration with the British Library Sound Archive.

Around the world charismatic individuals claim the ability to change the weather, heal illness and help crops grow. Professor David Hendy explains how sound - and its manipulation - is central to the shaman's power.

David introduces the eerie rituals of Siberian reindeer herders as they summon spirits, before coming closer to home to hear a mysterious singing angel high in the facade of Wells Cathedral.

Series Producer: Matt Thompson.
A Rockethouse production for BBC Radio 4.

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