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Connecting Healing With Religion: Shamanism in Nepal and India

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Alyssa Tallman

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Holly Donahue Singh

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Shamanism is an ancient healing practice that has been adopted by countless countries throughout history. It is a system based on the idea of a shaman, which is a person believed by followers of the tradition to be able to call on spirits to heal others. Despite sharing a common name, the intricacies within the practice vary from region to region, and South Asia is no exception. This project focuses on shamanism in Nepal and India in particular, bringing to light both the similarities and the differences in how each country practices the tradition, as well as the details of the rituals in shamanism. This project reveals how intricately religion and healing are entwined within shamanism, and how this practice impacts the people of Nepal and India. Prominent issues such as gender roles and mental health can also be applied to shamanism, and this research touches on how the practice approaches these problems. Overall, this project shows how shamanism differs even within South Asia, and how the practice calls on the spiritual world for healing.

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Connecting Healing With Religion: Shamanism in Nepal and India

Shamanism is an ancient healing practice that has been adopted by countless countries throughout history. It is a system based on the idea of a shaman, which is a person believed by followers of the tradition to be able to call on spirits to heal others. Despite sharing a common name, the intricacies within the practice vary from region to region, and South Asia is no exception. This project focuses on shamanism in Nepal and India in particular, bringing to light both the similarities and the differences in how each country practices the tradition, as well as the details of the rituals in shamanism. This project reveals how intricately religion and healing are entwined within shamanism, and how this practice impacts the people of Nepal and India. Prominent issues such as gender roles and mental health can also be applied to shamanism, and this research touches on how the practice approaches these problems. Overall, this project shows how shamanism differs even within South Asia, and how the practice calls on the spiritual world for healing.