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Shaman in action
Shaman in action

Hunza Peetan (Shaman)

By Neak Ali Hunzai:

A Peetan (shaman) is somebody who uses ritualistic dance and chanting to go into a trance and make prophesies or cure evil. Peetan is a holy person gifted with supernatural powers. He is invited with a smoke of agarbati (Gallin) which is called Dhunni. He performs traditional dance on hunza’s music. At the time of dance he wears strange coat (shokka). It had long sleeves of a straight jacket, which he used to flick out new frenzied beats on the drum of the accompanying musician. He is one of the great performer of peetan, he is known as Rahimo. He performs peetan in occasions like navroz, ginani and all traditional occasions. During his dance a goat is arranged for him which is slaughtered and its head is presented to him, accepting the head of the goat he sucks the blood of goat. . While dancing he speaks about hunza’s future and different ways to cure evils. The hunza people believe that during the course of his speech whatever he says is actually said by the angels in his body. It’s only him who could see those angels as he is blessed with supernatural powers.

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