Author: Evelyn C. Rysdyk - Bhola Nath Banstola
There are few areas in the world where shamanic traditions have been preserved in their context and in their original form: Nepal is one of these rare and special places. In the shadow of the Himalayas, Nepalese shamans, known as dhamis or jhankris, are still consulted today for health problems or for predicting the future, but also to provide well-being and maintain harmony. Following the devastating earthquake in Nepal in 2015, shaman teacher Evelyn Rysdyk and XNUMXth generation dhami Bhola Nath Banstola decided it was time to protect Nepalese shamanic knowledge for future generations by collecting the practices in a book. Step by step, illustrated instructions to approach authentic Himalayan shamanic practices, including physical and spiritual healing, shamanic journeys and ceremonies, such as Kalchakra Katne, a ritual to remove toxic energies from people. Exercises to meet the ancestors of one's shamanic lineage, techniques to use the voice as a shamanic tool and practices to get in touch with the spiritual world without risk. Specific shamanic chants and rituals, instructions on how to create an altar and sacred objects - such as the mala, the magic mirror, the drum and the khurpa, the shamanic magic dagger - as well as exercises and techniques to use them appropriately. Rysdyk and Banstola also examine the importance of Nepalese cosmology in shamanic rituals and spiritual deities such as Hanuman, Garuda and the Nagas.