Travel Style - Shamanism Tours

Shamanism Tours

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Shamanism in Nepal /Tours and Experience

Nepal is country with many ethnic groups, mixed religion and traditions ranging from northern Indian Hindu practices to Bon and Tibetan Practices that have existed in the land since time eternal. Among the many practices and rituals Shamanism has always been a matter of curiosity in the whole world. It is a healing method, a gateway to the spirit world and an integral part of the daily life. Adventure mission Nepal (www.himalayantrekkers.com ) has devoted time to discover the different practices related to different communities and we provide our valued guest an opportunity to experience some of the incredible practices in the Nepalese society. We have many trips to different places of Nepal in which you can meet the local shamans and see, experience and be a part of their practices of healing and interaction with the world of spirits.

People who practice shamanism try to reach the altered states of consciousness and they interact with the beings in the spirit world, which is a superstition for many in the normal world. The practicitioner of shamanism are believed to have access to, and influence in the world of benevolent and malevolent spirits.Shamnisnim in Nepal is practices with the following beliefs-

  • Spirits exist and have important roles to play in day to day human life.
  • The person practicing shamanism (a Shaman) has ability to interact and communicate with spirits.
  • Benevolent or malevolent are the two types of Sprits that exist.
  • Shamans can cure sickness or diseases caused by malevolent spirits.
  • The shaman can employ trance inducing techniques to incite visionary ecstasy and go on vision quests.
  • The shaman’s spirit can leave the body to enter the supernatural world to search for answers.
  • The shaman evokes animal images as spirit guides, omens, and message-bearers.

Shamanism in Nepal is practiced mostly by people who have association with the Tibetan culture but there are also pure Hindu practices prevalent in Nepal. This is also true today when most Tibetans are practicing Buddhists– their Buddhism being a religious culture deriving from ancient and medieval India. In Tibet, however, this Indian Buddhism has been amalgamated with the ancient indigenous shamanism and pagan animism of that country, thus giving Tibetan Buddhism its unique and especially colorful character and influences of those practices in Tibet has been widely found in the northern Himalayan region of Nepal and the high hills. The function of Shamanism in the Nepalese society is to please the bad spirits and cure the ill effects caused on Humans or animals by such spirits. The therapeutic expert or professional in this regard was the Bonpo shaman-healer who treated and cured not only the diseases of the physical body, but more especially the illnesses of the soul, in order to bring the psyche of the afflicted individual back from fragmentation and alienation into wholeness and well-being. The shamans are primarily healers in the Nepalese society and in addition to that they also have gained popularity as the guide for journey beyond the present life through perilous Bardo until a human being reaches his/her next life. As believed the Shamans are the masters of alternate states of consciousness, there are many stories and folklores where shamans explore the landscapes of the mind, the collective unconscious psyche, and return thence with treasures of knowledge and power in order to benefit humanity.

According to the Shamans the physical and mental problems/disorders are the result of disharmony or break in the natural order and in the moral order of the world, as well as from an imbalance in and weakening of the personal energy field of the human individual. The shamans perform rituals to balance and bring the order into harmonious interaction. This balance and harmony existed primordially, from the time of the beginning, but has been interrupted and shattered by the thoughtless and sinful actions of mankind. To rediscover and re-establish this lost primordial harmony, all obsessive and negative thinking which serves to block the free flow of the energy within the individual must be dissolved. In this way, the individual can come into the realization of his full innate potentiality, manifesting his energy in the world about him without disrupting the natural order of things.

Thangka is beautiful, elaborate and sometimes frightening drawings or paintings depicting the gods, demons and spirits in the Other Realities. They are thought to have been inspired originally by shamans and their visions of the spirit worlds. Today the creation of Thangka is a highly sophisticated Nepalese art form, not Tibetan, as is commonly thought.

NOTE:
These itineraries are only a guideline and we can customize it as per your request. You can add rest days in between, ask for an alternate route (if available) and add other destinations like Pokhara and Chitwan if you wish to visit any before or after the trek. We can arrange for trips to Bhutan, Tibet or India upon your request before you travel back to your home country. Practices of Shamanism are only done in the evening or in the midnight. Most of the Shamans can’t speak English fluently so the local trek guide will act as the interpreter.

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