Wednesday, July 14, 2010

Russian boy dies in shaman ceremony

VLADIVOSTOK, Russia (Reuters Life!) - A four year-old boy with pneumonia suddenly died after his parents took him to a spiritual healer in an attempt to cure him, investigators in Russia's Far East said on Wednesday. Traditional shaman healers, who have practiced in some areas of Siberia and the far east for thousands of years, have experienced a revival since the 1991 break-up of the Soviet Union ended repression by the Communist authorities. Identified by Russian media as Dmitry Kazachuk, the boy's family brought him to a female shaman in his village in the Pacific Ocean region of Primorsky Krai on Sunday, where the ancient shamanic practice of mediating between the human and spiritual worlds is common. More>>

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