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Divine Messengers: The Untold Story of Bhutan's Female Shamans
By: Stephanie Guyer-Stevens and Francoise Pommaret

Divine Messengers, Stephanie Guyer-Stevens and Francoise Pommaret


 
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Author: Stephanie Guyer-Stevens and Francoise Pommaret
Format: Paperback
ISBN: 9781611809183
Publication Date: Dec. 2021

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As mystics, healers, and travelers to the netherworld, female shamans continue to impact the spiritual lives of the Bhutanese. These divine messengers act as mediums for local spirits, cure diseases through prayer, and travel to the realm of the dead. They are sometimes referred to as "sky-goers," "reincarnations," or "returners from the beyond," and their stories are intimately connected with the Buddhist ideas of karma and rebirth.

Journalist Stephanie Guyer-Stevens and anthropologist Francoise Pommaret traveled to the Himalayas to meet seven living Bhutanese female shamans and to help make their stories known. Stephanie and Francoise offer an intimate narrative of these shamans' spiritual experiences and important roles in society. This book also provides an overview of the history of this tradition and a translation of an autobiography of the famous eighteenth-century divine messenger, Sangay Choezom. This insightful and sensitive account is a rare look inside the world of these brave women.

Divine Messengers: The Untold Story of Bhutan's Female Shamans, Stephanie Guyer-Stevens and Francoise Pommaret, Shambhala Publications, Paperback, 192 pages, $18.95

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4 of 5 anthropological fieldwork in Bhutan March 5, 2022
Reviewer: Josep from Majorca, Spain  
Although this book is much more journalism than anthropology, some strokes in it are helpful and enlightening, and its fieldwork is meritorious. So I am glad to have read it.

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