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How to Be a Shaman

Part of Belief and Beyond Belief

Discover the world of indigenous religion and find out what lessons can be drawn from these unique belief systems.

Often eclipsed by major faiths, thousands of indigenous religions exist around the world today. Many stretch back for centuries, and are rooted in a close relationship between people and place.

What are the beliefs and stories which shape these distinctive faiths? With many indigenous communities under threat, what can we learn from these endangered systems of belief?

From the Sami and Inuit peoples of the Nordic region, to the Aboriginal people of Australia and the Yazidi of Northern Iraq, this talk takes you on a tour through the revelatory world of indigenous religions.

The panel includes:

- Danish author Kim Leine, whose novel The Prophets of Eternal Fjord won the Nordic Council Literature Prize, and explores relationships between Danish missionaries and Greenlandic indigenous communities.

- Artist, writer, poet and musician Philip Shallcrass, known by his Druid name, Greywolf, Chief of the British Druid Order, who pioneered a 'shamanic' Druidism

- Elen Sentier who was born into, and grew up in, a family of cunning folk where old ways have been passed down through families and the elders of the villages since time out of mind. She has written many books on the old British native ways, and has been teaching them since the 1980s.

- Sushrut Jadhav is a street psychiatrist for Camden Homeless Services (C&I NHS FT) and Senior Lecturer in Cross-cultural Psychiatry at UCL. As a clinician anthropologist, Sushrut works on mental health at the margins of societies across cultures in UK and India. He has also researched traditional healers, in particular a monkey deity, Lord Hanuman, in India. Sushrut was once turned into a rabbit by an 'exorcist' in New Delhi.

Chaired by broadcaster and educator Abdul Rehman Malik.

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Royal Festival Hall
Weston Roof Pavilion, Level 6, Green Side


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