Waiting for Something Big

Waiting for Something Big“2012: Time for Change,” 85 minutes of naïveté with the occasional interesting idea thrown in, gives Daniel Pinchbeck another chance to flog his 2012-theme books (“2012: The Return of Quetzalcoatl”) and the notion that a little over a year from now Something Big is going to happen.

Shaman claims he can treat rabies with mantras

Shaman claims he can treat rabies with mantrasSIRAHA: Siraha district vice chairman of Madheshi Janadhikar Forum-Loktantrik Bechan Mahato set out on early Saturday morning to Lalpur VDC-8 to visit tantrik Baue Lal Singh. Mahato was accompanied by his wife and two sons. The reason behind his reaching there was none other than to seek treatment for his dog-bitten sons by the witch doctor.

Museum Beat: 'Infinity of Nations'

Museum Beat: Experience an unprecedented event in Native American art with the opening of "Infinity of Nations: Art and History in the Collections of the National Museum of the American Indian." Featuring over 700 works representing North, Central and South America, the exhibition showcases rare and wonderful artifacts guaranteed to thrill.

After the suicide of a loved one, can shamans staunch the pain of those left behind?

After the suicide of a loved one, can shamans staunch the pain of those left behind?With hopes of employing folk religion in providing relief to bereaved families of those who have committed suicide, the Japanese government has begun funding research on shamans known as "itako."

The study was launched this past August by a group of researchers including Aomori University of Health and Welfare Professor Hirohide Fujii, with funding provided by the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology (MEXT).

Breaking Out: Bear in Heaven

Breaking Out: Bear in HeavenThree years ago Adam Wills was working as a motion graphics artist for a film company and wondering how to kick-start his music career. Looking for some kind of guidance, he contacted a shaman to lead him through a sweat lodge ceremony in upstate New York. "I went two weekends in a row to a teepee, and it was like a one-way ticket through 20 years' worth of meditation," he says. "It was really beautiful. Then, a few weeks later, I got fired."