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Jilin highlights ancient Shaman culture

JILIN Province highlights the Shaman culture of Manchu, ancient rituals to communicate with the gods to make decisions for emperors, on Baosteel Stage at the Pudong Expo site as its provincial week started today.

A descendant of Manchu Shaman will make instruments including drums and bells and Manchu paper-cutting to show the history of the culture through Monday.

Guan Yunde, the 63-year-old leader of a Shaman clan in the province, is said to be the only person in the world who still performs the traditional ritual. "Now, the ritual is a kind of traditional culture," said Guan.

He is the descendant of the Shaman of the Mongol ruler Genghis Khan who claimed to be able to communicate with the gods and guide the Mongol army.

He brought three Shaman gods' drums made of sheepskin to the Expo. Ancient priests played the drum hanging on their waist to perform the ritual.

Guan is also the 13th generation successor of Manchu paper-cutting. He includes many fairy tales of the Shaman in his works.

Most of his works are the mask of various Shaman gods. Guan said he visited all the Shaman clans to collect the styles of traditional masks and made them into his paper-cut work. Many others were collected by his great grandfather, who made Shaman instruments for the emperors of Qing Dynasty (1636-1912).


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