Wana

Wana – Native to the interior region of eastern Central Sulawesi in Indonesia, the Wana have tau kawalia “people spirits” who mediate between the worlds of human and other-than-human persons, and the mabolong or “drumming ceremony” is especially popular. In her ethnography on the Wana, Jane Atkinson focuses on the effectiveness of shamanic ritual and performance, and the dynamic between shaman, patient, and audience/community, critically engaging with symbolic, therapeutic, and performance-based anthropological readings.

SOURCE:

Historical Dictionary of Shamanism by Graham Harvey and Robert J. Wallis 2007

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