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.

She visits Shaman Hardayal, who allows her to film a private exorcism session. Anu witnesses a bizarre and bewildering ritual, where Hardayal beats himself with chains and accepts a sacrificial lamb.

Anu then attends a festival devoted mass exorcism where she is immersed into an emotionally charged atmosphere with several women dancing wildly, apparently suffering from spirit possessions.

Editor’s Note: 26 minutes into the video a ritual is shown that involves tossing a sheep. Though it appears the animal is not harmed, some viewers may find the scene hard to watch.

Instructor/Host: Anu Malhotra
Video Language: English