Spirit Possession and Shamanic Ritual in South Korea: Business is booming

Whilst shamans and their rituals can vary widely from place to place, never in world history has a country industrialized at such breakneck speed as the case of South Korea. Should we be surprised to find new expressions of old shamanic traditions on the high street today?

Encounters With Ajarns: My Experiences With the Rituals of Thai Lanna Buddhism

Rituals can be transformational episodes that connect the initiand with other realms and higher cosmic plains. Thai Lanna Buddhist rituals are sublime and magnificent ceremonies.

Fishing with the Living and the Dead: The Sáiva Lakes of the Sami

For the Pre-Christian Sami people who inhabited parts of modern-day Norway, Finland, Sweden, and Russia, fishing was a livelihood.