Shiva’s Off to See the Shaman

To bless his newborn baby, Shiva makes a trip out to see his local shaman. This shaman has helped him ward off evil energies in the past; now it is time to bring in the good spirits. We join him as he goes to organize the details with the Nepali man of magic.

“We come back Saturday with the food,” Shiva explains when I interrupt his concentrated discussion and bargaining.

To make this ceremony happen successfully, required in exchange with the shaman will be rice, white flour, some dal beans, ingredients for the smoke in the special fire, and some other various little things around the house.

Unfortunately, we never have the chance to return that Saturday, because the earthquake hits on Wednesday…