March 23, 2013

Novice Shaman, Mongolia

Photograph by Carolyn Drake, National Geographic

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A novice shaman makes an offering of milk to the spirits at her initiation outside the Mongolian capital of Ulaanbaatar.

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12 comments
Aidan Nunook
Aidan Nunook

I like that he was able to catch the liquid in mid air. also i wonder what liquid it is.

matthew s.
matthew s.

It is a very cool pose for the picture. I like all the feathers she has on.

Nikolay K.
Nikolay K.

My friend was in Tuwinia - part of russia near Mongolia border. Very colorite place - the continuous, boundless steppe.

Aaron Schordock
Aaron Schordock

Such worth, meaning and value are potentially founded in any situation.  If I were to walk out of my shelter and release the milk left over from my cereal in the air, I wouldn't apply appreciation any where near the amount that this shaman-in-training supposedly creates.  A drink from a drinking fountain, experienced routinely, could be given the ultimate worth if compared to a dehydrated perception whom just suffered through hours and hours in a desert.

Billel N.
Billel N.

very wonderful,it look tereffic,Nice ^^

Cedar Waxwing
Cedar Waxwing

Where I come from, people cry over spilt milk.

Lani Zielsdorf
Lani Zielsdorf

Carolyn, You've captured not only a holy moment, but the essence of internal resonance, power, and vulnerability to the larger elements. Wonderful.

Gerry Cunningham
Gerry Cunningham

wow..fantastic..the photo & the adhering to the old ways..

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