Tibetan Shaman Festival, 8-Days
Tibetan Shaman’s festival is a folk religious activity since 1400 years ago. During the activities, worshipping divinities, piercing cheeks, piercing back-skin, dancing, playing Naga’s drum, the youngsters eagerly to get piercing both their mouth and back-skin from the oracle to wash evil influences and obstacles for the current year. The oracle also cuts the forehead and offers his own blood to the local deity in profound faith and praise. Shamans or ‘Lhawa’ in Tibetan are essentially human mediums of gods. This is usually a hereditary role passed from father to son. The roles of the shaman include oracle, healer, sacrificer, and each role calls for the performance of specific rituals. Shamans act as ‘channels’ for local protective gods to offer advice to those seeking guidance. Shaman Festivals are weeklong celebrations, to show their gratitude to the Mountain God, whereby shamans from different villages would first perform individually in their own villages before coming together for a mass ceremony.
This programme will start on 21 July 2019, we will travel in a small international group, seat are limited available *please feel free to contact me to see what's possible.