Hungarian Shamanism & Shakta Tantrism in Nepal

Hungary and Nepal appear to have little in common especially when one considers these cultures’ spiritual and religious beliefs. Hungary is a Christianized country1with a strong presence of Judaism. The Kathmandu Valley of Nepal offers an intriguing blend of animist, Buddhist, Hindu, and Tantric beliefs and ritual practices. However, at closer look one finds the presence of shamanic female practitioner who display similar compelling characteristics despite their cultural differences: dancing, whirling, drumming, animal vehicles (or ‘power animals’), intense bodily shaking, oracles, summoning the weather, shape-shifting, healing and groupings of 7 female deities or women.

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