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Tiger bells in Northeast Asia

The ultimate shaman costume

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A Siberian shaman,
further details and source unknown, 1903

A Siberian shaman,
further details and source unknown

A Dagur shamaness, note the mask on the left,
further details and source unknown, 1931

Detail of picture above; practically all these bells are tiger bells.

Costume of a Manjagir shaman

Back of the same costume.
Art of Siberia by Valentina Gorbachova and Marina Federova (2008),
courtesy Parkstone Press Int. New York USA

Costume of a Evenk Manegry,
photograph courtesy: Sean McLachlan,
Valencian Museum of Enlightenment
and Modernity

Lower part of the apron, covered with tiger bells

These are details of the same part of the costume on two different photographs. On both pictures the bells that are certainly tiger bells are encircled. The yellow circles are drawn around tiger bells that are recognised in both pictures, in white circles the bells that are only regognised in that particular picture. In total we count 14 tiger bells that are recognisable on both pictures. In reality there probably are more tiger bells on this part of the costume.
Detail left of photograph of the same costume in Shamanic regalia in the far north, by Patricia Rieff Anawalt, published in 2014 by Thames & Hudson, London UK

A drawing of a shaman's dress of the Imin Numinchen,
picture: source unknown

Numinchen shamaness,
photograph: cource unknown

Oroquen shaman,
photograph: source unknown, 1959

Mergen Oroquen shamaness (Manchuria),
photograph: source unknown

A Tuvan shaman and his assistant take a rest after a séance.
Note the four tiger bells on the forehead of the assistant.
Photograph: courtesy Mail Online, Daily Mail UK

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