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Portraits of shamans from around the world at the Festival du Chamanisme

CNN – By Benazir Wehelie – Dec 06, 2016 Re-posted May 04, 2017
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Photo: Baruch Osorno a shaman from Mexico poses for a portrait. Photographer Flore-Aël Surun photographed shamans from all over the world at a festival in France earlier this year.

The Festival du Chamanisme, or Shamanism Festival, is an annual event that brings together shamans from around the world. Surun made portraits of some of the people who attended this year’s festival.

A shaman is believed to be a spiritual being, someone who is able to access altered states of consciousness to interact with and influence the world around them. Many shamanistic traditions involve shamans entering into trance-like states to perform rituals, such as when trying to heal somebody.

Surun, who is from France, said she observed as the shamans showed their respective rituals to one another.

“(One shaman) will show how they get entranced and how they make their healing (rituals), so the shaman from the other country can see,” she said. “It’s like everyone learns about the culture of the other one.”

There is by no means just one definition or description of what it means to be a shaman, but Surun said the shamans she met were connected in their efforts to keep shamanistic traditions alive, as well as in their common messages of peace and hope.

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Photo: Ayangat, a shaman from Mongolia.

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Photo: Frederic Roure, a shaman from Switzerland.

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Photo: Vera Sakhina, a shaman from Siberia.

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Photo: Tiegniery Diarra, a shaman from Mali.

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Photo: Domi Farinelli, a shaman from Belgium.

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Photo: Abdellah Akharraz and his wife, Gnawa, are shamans from Morocco.

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Photo: Anja Normann, a shaman from Sweden.

All Photograph’s by Flore-Aël Surun a French photographer.

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