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  1. Pia Guerra Pia Guerra

    Sounds like Finnish Runo singing.

  2. That’s a Tuvan fellow named Alexander Davakai from the Smithsonian Folkways comp, “Tuva: Voices from the Center of Asia”. (

    Did a quick search and it seems that’s the only thing available from him, although the liner notes may reveal who did the recording and give you a lead on where to find the full piece. (Or you could always contact Folkways and ask ’em directly.)

  3. A-ha! And after glancing at that page for just a half-second more, I see that in fact they’ve generously provided a PDF of those notes. (

    The folks to contact are at the end of the intro on page six. We also learn that: “The shamanic ceremony…was performed by an actor in the Kyzyl dramatic theater who has long and convincingly acted the role of a shaman in plays. Yet the boundary between artifice and authenticity is not clear, for the actor…comes from a hereditary line of shamans, observed many shamanic ceremonies in his youth, and is intrigued by the question of whether shamanic power really exists.”

  4. timscience timscience

    Actually, this was a trick to get us to listen to it, wasn’t it? You knew where it came from all along. It probably isn’t a healing ritual at all. Now we’re all going to grow an extra cock or something.

  5. snailsnail snailsnail

    Track 7

    “7. Excerpt from shamanic healing ritual: Performed by Ensemble “Amirak” (Gennadi Chash, b. 1959; Evgenii Oyun, b. 1958; Mergen Mongush, b. 1961).”

  6. Nygaard Nygaard

    Huh. Rune drums are mostly used around the arctic circle aren’t they? I think I would recognize the sound of a sami noaide… But I don’t think the language is sami, and I don’t think they use any jangling metal. I remember seeing siberian shaman suits on display – covered in little bits of metal tied on leather strips. Absolutely awesome.

    Identifying the language of the speech at the end should pinpoint it? On comparision to recordings available on the web, it sounds like a siberian language, but I’m no linguist. That narrows it down to a subcontinent and a half (Eskimos are sometimes placed in the same gang). Good luck :)

  7. Warren Ellis Warren Ellis

    Wasn’t that I couldn’t google it for myself, so much as I wanted to go to bed so I decided you people should do it for me. About time you made yourselves useful.

  8. Nezrite Nezrite

    @ Timscience: If I leave my e-mail address, could I be contacted by all those who do indeed grow an extra appendage? I could probably convince my husband my “research” is in the name of “science” or possibly “shamanism…”

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