The making of a Dayak shaman

The making of a Dayak shamanFor the Dayak Samanakng community in Ketapang, West Kalimantan, a visit to the local shaman, or boretn, has been a tradition for centuries.
Although several community health centers (Puskesmas) have opened in the last twenty years, people still believe that the boretn, who typically use traditional herbs and mantras to preserve well-being, can heal a variety of ailments, from those induced by black magic to severe disease.

‘Hotspot’ in Portland uses absurdity to seek spiritual links

‘Hotspot’ in Portland uses absurdity to seek spiritual linksLodge Ceremony,” a traveling, interactive experience organized by two performance artists, will be held at Space Gallery in Portland five times between Thursday and Saturday. Participants sit in sauna pods while watching the film “Link.”

The people who believe in medical miracles

The people who believe in medical miraclesCan I put my hand on your face?", asks Alun Leppitt.
Alun is the pastor of a Pentecostal church in Southampton. He's a burly man who works as a video editor to pay the bills, but his passion is curing people through the power of prayer. I don't have much wrong with me apart from a nagging mouth ulcer, but he's willing to give it a go.

This Dude Was Going to Be a Pro Golfer. Instead, He Lived in the Jungle for 12 Years

This Dude Was Going to Be a Pro Golfer. Instead, He Lived in the Jungle for 12 YearsInside one of those anonymous high rises on Wilshire in Westwood, there is a bedroom in which all of the windows have been darkened and the walls covered in padding. The space is low lit and filled with electronics; it's been converted into a recording studio. EDM is blasting from the speakers.

Help from Shaman must be in line with Islam

Help from Shaman must be in line with IslamThe Malaysian government welcomes any help to trace missing Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370 including from "bomohs" (shamans) so long as their methods do not contravene Islam, said Minister in the Prime Minister's Department Datuk Seri Jamil Khir Baharom.