AN ELABORATE RITUAL TO
PROTECT FROM WITCHES
Three shaman (poju) in central Nepal conduct an elaborate, ten-hour,
ritual called the 'Moshi Tiba'. An unlucky death has occurred and
they chant and then summon down the dead person's spirit. In a final
wild fit of drumming and in a state of possession they fight against
the witches and other evil spirits which are trying to capture the
dead person's spirit. The first shaman shown in this film is Yarjung
Kromchain Tamu, a distinguished shaman from Yanjakot.
Filmed by Alan
Macfarlane in the 1990's.