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Nepali-Himalayan World Shamanism Summit 2021

Kathmandu, Nepal, September 28 – October 11, 2021

September 28, 2021

Morning time :
Orientation and get-together between the organizing committee, Nepali shamanic delegation and international delegation of different shamanic traditions followed by local media interviews.
Afternoon time :
After lunch preparations for the summit and sharing of practical matters and timing. Ceremonial welcome to international presenters by host shamans and a combined chokhaune ra bato kholne puja (cleansing and path opening group ceremony)

September 29

(morning session) 09:30AM-1:00PM
– Auspicious path opening ceremonial dance dedicated to Ganesha/Gannyap (Ganesha Vandhana)
– Welcoming music, Naumati Baja played by traditional musicians for the opening ceremony
– Official opening of the Summit by the Chief Guest by raising the ceremonial pole.
– Welcoming ceremony for the Nepali shamanic delegation and international delegations by the organizing committee and shamanic elders.
– Keynote speech on the importance of summit, vision and programs by the Chief of the Organizing Committee, followed by the introduction of Nepali and international delegationsLunch break

Afternoon session (2:30PM- 7:00PM)
– The ceremony of Agni Prajawalan (lighting of the ceremonial fire) by all the delegates followed by a fire ceremony based on each representative tradition. Fire offerings by the delegates and the public. Opening of directions and group ceremonial dance.
– Presentation of shamanic traditions from Provence # 1 of Eastern Nepal. Mundum chants and ceremony of Kirati shamanic tradition followed by SILI (the animal spirits dance).
– Introduction and presentation of Siberian-Mongolian-Japanese-Korean, etc. delegations. And a public ceremony for peace and well-being.
– Mahakali Dance as the conclusion of the day.

September 30

(Morning session 09:00AM-1:00PM)
– The day begins with Maruni dance: Maruni is performed during many occasions like marriage, initiation and other events. The dancers, both male and female, are supported by the rhythm of nine unique instruments called the “Naumati Baja.”
– Group introduction and presentations from Europe followed by ceremonies from Celtic- Nordic and Basque shamanic traditions
– Presentation of shamanic traditions from Provence # 2 of Nepal including an introduction of delegation, presentation and ceremonies
Danuwar Ramdal Naach (dancing with the spade) reenacting the cultivation of land and honoring the Earth Mother
Lunch break

Afternoon session (2:30-6:3000PM) 
– Introduction of the traditions of Oceania: The aboriginal delegation of Australia/Oceania, including the Maori. Presentation, introduction and ceremonies/dances.
– Presentation of shamanic traditions from Provence # 3 of Nepal: introduction, presentation and ceremonies of a delegation comprising Newar, Tamang and Chepang groups. This will include:
Chepang ceremony of Newangi (offering the first harvest of the season ritual),
Newar Gubaju and Deo Ma offer ceremonies of empowerment
Tamang Jhankri’s tradition of Bumpa Uthaune (empowering the sacred water vase) and shamanic dance.
Tamang Selo/Chavrung cultural dance performed by men and women group accompanied by a specific musical instrument, Damphu/drum (a handheld drum) which in enacted during rituals and communal ceremonies.
– Introduction of South America and Latin American delegation including presentation and a ceremony.
– Presentation of shamanic traditions from Provence # 4 of Nepal presentation and introduction of delegates. Group ceremony by Gurung Pachus and Dura Dhami shamans
A legendary mythical group dance called Sorathi on fertility and reconciliation by Gurung delegation.
Dura Group’ presentation of bow and arrow dance.
After dinner
Indigenous Khaas Khali Khane (Fire Walking Ceremony) by Khaas Shamanic delegation.

October 01

(Morning session 09-1:00 PM)
– Aarati, the sacred fire offering with prayers to honor the Ancestors around the Central Fire.
– A keynote speech on the role and importance of shamanic and traditional healing practices in Nepal and the world. Discussions about preserving and transmitting to the upcoming generation!
– Presentation of shamanic traditions from Provence # 5 of Nepal: introduction, presentation and group ceremony by Magar and Kumal shamanic delegations.
Kaura or Kaanraha (welcome back home) group song and dance by Magar community.
– North American delegates, introduction, presentation and group ceremony
Lunch Break

Afternoon session (2:30-6:30 PM)
– Sangini : A sophisticated dance performed by Khaas Chhetri-Brahmana women by holding plates of Kansha (bronze) or Diyo (ceremonial lamp) or carrying Kalasha (ceremonial water vessel) on the head with a slow movement of hands and feet.
– African delegation presentation, introduction and a group ceremony
– Presentation of shamanic traditions from Provence # 6 of Nepal: including a group ceremony in which Damau musicians play Ghai Rhythm, and Masto Dhami shamans incorporate their ancestral deities and other rituals 
– Dolpali Paiseri Dance from Dolpa and Humli Dieuseti-Deuda
After dinner 
Bajrayogini and Deuda-Rataudi ceremonial presentation and dance

October 02

(morning session 09:00AM-1:00PM)
– Morning session opening with Kumari dance dedicated to the Living Goddess “Kumari”.
– A comparative paper presentation of Nepali and world shamanic traditions
– Presentation of shamanic traditions from Provence # 7 of Nepal : introduction, presentation and group shamanic ceremony. Khaas and Tharu Gurau shamanic ceremonies 
– Hudkeli : Singing Bhada, the mythic song of victory and glory and by playing the Hudko drum, in which the bard dances is called the Hudkeli dance or, “the dance of empowerment and encouragement.”
Chandi Naach, a folk dance prevalent in the Rai community and Eastern hills of Nepal. Chandi song is sung during this dance accompanied by Dhol-Jhyamta (drum and cymbals) and is danced during the festival of Undhauli and Ubhauli (autumn and summer mostly
Afternoon Session (2:00-4:00PM)
– Traditional musical band, Panchai Baja, thanksgiving, opinion sharing, distribution of certificate of participation to all delegates and fire closing ceremony. 

Final conclusion, Sacred Peacock Dance in the circle with all the musical instruments and drums spreading out feathers thus creating clouds and thunder of joy and peace showing abundance, unity and love for all the beings and the world as a whole.