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Ildikó BellÉr-hann

Rivalry and Solidarity among Uyghur Healers in Kazakhstan ILDIKÓ BELLÉR-HANN Orientwissenschaftliches Zentrum Martin-Luther-Universität Halle-Wittenberg Email: beller-hann@owz.uni-halle.de ABSTRACT The article explores popular rituals among residents of a poor neighbourhood in Almaty, the

Toxic Care (?)

Scepticism and Treatment Failure in Post-Soviet Mongolia

Elizabeth Turk

‘What century are we living in? If it was the eighteenth century I would go to an enlightened lama ( khuvilgaan ) to heal. But we have modern medicine!’ ⸪ A Mongolian friend relayed the experiences of her cousin who had recently been misdiagnosed by an enlightened lama, a healer who

‘I Have My Own Spaceship’

Folk Healers in Kalmykia, Russia

Baasanjav Terbish

mention the fact that the alternative healing and divination market across Russia has been on the rise since the late Soviet period. Despite her seemingly ultra-modern rituals involving ‘cosmic energies’, UFO s and intergalactic flights, Galina is mainly known among her clients and the general public as

The Mysterious Power of Ki

The Force Within

Kouzo Kaku

Ki, or inner energy, has been a propelling force in Japanese culture, religion and martial arts for centuries. The 1980s and 1990s were notable for increasing interest in Ki in self-fulfilment. The book includes pictures of ki’s healing powers as well as ki in action in Aikido.

Accepting Divine Patronage

Kalmyk Folk Religious Specialists and Their Guardian Deities

Valeriya Gazizova

tasks include healing, divination, conducting calendar offering ceremonies and observing the Buddhist fast matsg . 3 My fieldwork indicates that such practitioners are much more numerous in Kalmykia than Buddhist monks, and local people, irrespective of education, age or gender, seek their help. The

Dear Ken-chan

A Letter from Japan

Kazuko Winter

This candid memoir is a gripping personal tale of cultural schizophrenia. Kazuko Winter was the daughter of a high-ranking Japanese diplomat, raised and educated outside her native Japan in India, South Africa, Australia, and Oxford, England, in the 1950s and 1960s. She also spent time with her parents in Nigeria and Paraguay. Never fully at home anywhere, she suffered from an increasing sense of isolation that once led her to the brink of suicide, and at another stage to seriously consider entering a Catholic order of nuns. Written in the form of a letter to an old Japanese friend, the book relates the author’s turbulent love affair with a young Japanese diplomat, her turbulent decision to break off the affair because she did not believe she belonged within Japanese society, and her subsequent happy marriage to a German scholar. At once disturbing and uplifting, this is an intensely felt story of the path to healing and her gradual reacceptance of herself, her mother and her Japanese heritage.

Index to Inner Asia Volume 3, 2001 Andreyev, Alexandre An Unknown Russian Memoir by Aagvan Dorjiev 27 Bawden, Charles Note to the Editor: A Note on Mongol durdumal 99 Bellér-Hann, Ildikó Rivalry and Solidarity among Uyghur Healers in Kazakhstan 73 Boyko, Vladimir Chinese Communities in Western

Joe Ellis

disenchantment existing in conflict with, or replacing, religious enchantment). Exploring diverse healing practices in Mongolia, including ‘bee-therapy’ and healing via sacred springs and sands, Turk showed how all practices drew symbolic power from the esoteric knowledge of the cosmologically unknowable and

Junko Fujiwara

: 354). I also use the word 'magic' in this sense. The most impor- tant elements of Russian magic are various incantations. Russian magic includes both white magic, which makes people happy (magic for healing, magic for achieving successful results in agriculture, etc.) and black magic, which hurts