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Shamans of the Himalayas: Dance of the Divine (2011)

Episode 1
Only available in Canada, United States

Filmmaker Anu Malhotra meets up with Meru, her local guide for this series, who helps her get a deeper insight in the cultural context of Himachali shamans.

Meru takes her to a vibrant village festival, celebrating the birthday of Hadimba Devi, the powerful demon goddess and patron deity of Kullu Valley. At the festival, Anu encounters her first shaman, Tularam. Anu is enthralled as Tularam ritually invokes the Hadimba Devi, goes into an intense divine possession trance and then speaks as the Devi to all the people present.

Anu Malhotra
Anu Malhotra


Dance of the Divine Video
Episode 1 Dance of the Divine
Dance of the Divine (2011)
Episode 1
, 52 minutes
Filmmaker Anu Malhotra meets up with Meru, her local guide for this series, who helps her get a deeper insight in the cultural context of Himachali shamans.
Only available in Canada, United States
Cosmic Conversations Video
Episode 2 Cosmic Conversations
Cosmic Conversations (2011)
Episode 2
, 52 minutes
So what makes the shaman such an important part of the community? Anu meets Hardayal, the oracular shaman, and witnesses his divination sessions, where locals “chat” informally with their deity through him.
Only available in Canada, United States
Sacred Healing Video
Episode 3 Sacred Healing
Sacred Healing (2011)
Episode 3
, 52 minutes
Now that she has added her personal journey to her professional quest, Anu sets out to explore the character, causes and cures of spirit illnesses, which appear to be rampant around the Kullu Valley.
Only available in Canada, United States
Divine Feminine Video
Episode 4 Divine Feminine
Divine Feminine (2011)
Episode 4
, 52 minutes
In her final foray into the mystical world of shamans, Anu finds renewed faith in the healing powers of the divine feminine, the potency of nature and the sacred endurance of shamans in the new age.
Only available in Canada, United States

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dumitru, posted on May 30, 2016

The village goddess speaks with the people through her shaman. Anu shows this twice. So what did the people say to their goddess? What did the goddess say to her people? She seemed quite angry. Anu doesn't tell us. That's like watching a YouTube lecture on physics with the sound turned off. What's the point? To see what the speaker is wearing? Very disappointing.

karenschmidt01, posted on April 28, 2016

I, too, was disappointed when I moved from the U.S. to France and found I didn't have full access to all of the shows I wanted to watch. That's where a VPN comes in. With a VPN (virtual private network), you can basically fool whatever system you're trying to access into thinking you live in a different country. (U.S. or Canada in this case.) Just Google VPN to learn more. I promise it's not hard to set up - I'm not a tech person at all. Also, I just want to point out that certain films not being available in certain countries is not a Gaia thing - it's a legal licensing issue. You'll have the same problem watching videos on Amazon Prime, Netflix, and elsewhere. It sucks, but like I said, there's a workaround with a VPN. :)

markjmasterson2, posted on March 6, 2016

Just found out that I cant watch this because I am not living in the USA or Canada. This was not explained when I signed up for this site. I feel cheated and robbed now............

daniellabatham, posted on February 22, 2016

I have paid for the full one year membership and find it disappointing that some of the most interesting videos are not avalble for viewing in the UK.

Why is it that does not state, for the purpose of clarity and fairnes to the members, that about 50% of the videos or films are not available in the UK?

Maybe they would not have so many members at all!

Daniella Batham

neothink417, posted on January 18, 2016

what is the trick to watching the full video?
I have paid and have logged in, but it won't let me watch the whole video only the preview.
Folks this is most difficult site and aggravating site I have been to. It shouldn't be this hard.

pdgere, posted on January 16, 2016

Can you tell me why many of the videos are only available in Canada, United States,

debrabailin, posted on October 9, 2015

would love to have watched, but not available in Australia :{ Why is this ???

jamiecolombo, posted on September 25, 2015

I very much enjoyed this show! Great camerawork, and a very personal view of the ceremonies and people. The land, colors, traditions and people are just beautiful! What really stands out to me is look at all the many shots of the crowds and people all through out the show. Look how happy these people are! There is kind of a big focus in the shows dialogue on whether or not the Shamans are "making it all up." Either way, those people are happy and feel they have a good relationship with the divine and that is the whole point isn't it?

I did get a big kick when one of the towns people was consulting one of the Shamans. He rolled up cow dung, rice, flowers and ash into 3 balls and plops them in water. Whichever one floats to the surface first helps answer the question asked. After all was said and done. The host thanked the Shaman for allowing her to see this. The Shaman holds out his hand to shake her hand after handling the poo like it is totally nothing to shake someones hand after they handle the cow poo. With the camera angle you can not see if the host willingly plunges in and takes that handshake! I giggle just imagining her face though!

Very interesting show. I enjoyed seeing the land, towns, people, customs and all the wonderful color!

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