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The Story of a Shaman Drum

... drinking. Though Kondrat mentioned his epilepsy to ethnographers as well, my father’s words about the fit “real or simulated” sound appropriate. There is no other evidence to support the disease claim, and L. I. Potapov – our top authority on Altai shamanism – writes that shamans were not epileptics; in fact, they fully controlled themselves. Kondrat was a talented hoaxer and a skilled actor. He said and did what his role required, fooling not only my father but ethnographers, too. In 1935, a ...

Modified: 30.08.2010
Altai , shamanism , drums , G.M. Kozintsev , L.Z. Trauberg , cinema , Alone
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