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Assurini Indian shamans

Assurini Indian shamans

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JACQUES JANGOUX / SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY JACQUES JANGOUX / SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY

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Assurini Indian shamans extracting the disease from a sick baby, as it is held by its mother. Shamanism is a traditional form of medicine that involves contact with a spirit world. The Assurini Indians had less than 100 members in 2000, and were considered on the brink of extinction. They inhabit the Xingu area of Brazil.

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