Ailing bodies, angry mountains, healing spirits: shamanic healing in Mongolia

Buyankhishig criss-crossed the hillside before making offerings of vodka and mil

Buyankhishig criss-crossed the hillside before making offerings of vodka and milk. Then, beating her drum and chanting, she invited her ancestral spirits to enter her body Credit: Elizabeth Turk

Through sound and photography, Cambridge researcher Dr Elizabeth Turk shares her experiences of talking to shamanic healers in Mongolia. Over the past eight years, the social anthropologist has been exploring the increased popularity of nature-based remedies and ’alternative’ medicine in the wake of the region’s seismic politico-economic shifts of recent decades.

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