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A journey on 36 roads

Au pays des Nung, à Jingxi, province du Guangxi

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  00:25:00  2003  Color  Sound

In the southern province of Guangxi, in the south of the People's Republic of China, the shamans of the Nung people practice shamanistic rituals daily in order to restore ecological, biological, and social balance. On the first day of each lunar month, Along, a famous shaman and soothsayer, is visited by many people seeking divination. He uses the techniques of Taoism to deal with more benign maladies.
When he encounters a serious case, he visits the home of the person in question, in this case a widow who has become paralyzed as a result of spreading scandal. He informs the supernatural beings that he is about to perform a shamanistic ritual. The shaman's patron spirit, his paternal grandfather, accompanied by a troop of auxiliary spirits, travels in the realms of the supernatural. Along describes in detail the journey they take.

Author : CAUQUELIN Josiane (LASEMA, UPR CNRS, Villejuif)
Director : CAUQUELIN Josiane (LASEMA, UPR CNRS, Villejuif)
Scientific referent : CAUQUELIN Josiane
Audiovisual processReal shots. Use of an introductory text and of a map.
Voice over and interviews (live sound). Music and songs.


Ethnology Asia




Taoism ; Buddhism ; Divination ; Ritual ; Shaman ; Nung



Technical Sheet
Item No.1136
PublicLarge audience ; Specialised audience
Original SupportVideo DV Cam
DistributionSale (private use), Sale (institutionnal use)
Delivery supportBeta SP ; DV Cam