Jhākri (Nepali: झाक्री) is the Nepali word for shaman (
Witch Doctors). It is sometimes reserved specifically for
practitioners of Nepali shamanism, such as that practiced among the
Tamang people and the Magars; it is also used in the Indian states of
Sikkim and West Bengal, which border Nepal.
Jhākri shamanism is practiced among numerous ethnic groups of Nepal
and Northeast India, including the Limbu, Rai, Sunwar, Sherpa, Kami,
Tamang, Gurung, Magars, Lepcha and Khas. Belief in spirits is
prevalent, hence also the fear of spirit possession. Some
vernacular words for jhākri are phedangbo in the Limbu language,
maangpa or nakchyong in Khambu, and boongthing in Lepcha.
Jhākris perform rituals during weddings, funerals, and harvests. They
diagnose and cure diseases. Their practices are influenced by
Hinduism, Tibetan Buddhism, Mun, and
Banjhakri and Banjhakrini, shaman deities of Nepal
Banjhakri Falls and Energy Park, a tourist attraction in Northeast
India, with statues of jhākri
^ Gulia 2005, pp. 153–4
^ Gulia 2005, p. 152
^ Gulia 2005, p. 168
Gulia, Kuldip Singh (2005). Human Ecology of Sikkim: A Case Study of
Upper Rangit Basin. Delhi: Kalpaz Publications.
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