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Arunachal Pradesh Fights to Preserve Animist Religion

Posted May 15, 2005
By Alpana Sarma
ITANAGAR, India (Reuters)
Sat May 14, 2005 11:01 PM ET

Tamo Mindo, a slight man with creased eyes, stares intently at the liver of a chicken he has just killed.

Mindo, a 58-year-old shaman belonging to the animist Donyi Polo religion, is looking for clues to help him tell which spirit has possessed a woman he has been asked to cure.

Mindo is among the few people trying to preserve his religion from the increasing influence of Hinduism and Christianity in the remote northeastern state of Arunachal Pradesh.

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