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Magical Journey
Photograph by Carsten Peter

A painting in Gua Tewet records a shaman's trek into the spirit world, Chazine says. The lizard in the center represents the shaman. The jagged line under the lizard—a sort of stairway—stands for the shaman's difficult path. The smooth lines on the right symbolize the successful completion of the journey, when the shaman attains an altered state of consciousness that affects all parts of his body and allows him to communicate with spirits. The hand stencils themselves evoke traditional healing rituals in which a shaman lays his hands on a sick person, then sprays medicine from his mouth onto the patient to cure him.
Photo Fast Facts
Camera: Canon EOS 3
Film Type: Unrecorded
Lens: 135mm
Speed and F-Stop: 1/200 @ f/11

Weather Conditions: Dry
Time of Day: Day
Lighting Techniques: Artificial, illuminated by strobe with light box

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