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Siv Yis Shaman Scroll

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Destination: Hanoi, Vietnam

Once consecrated, scrolls like this one are believed to be inhabited by the Gods, a way for the shaman to communicate directly with the worshippers’ ancestors. Named after the Siv Yis, the first Hmong shaman, this intricately painted scroll depicts the tribe’s deities and ancestors. The Hmong believe that Siv Yis was the first man to be chosen by the deity Saub as a ‘healer’ of mankind. Eventually Siv Yis transformed from a shaman into a deity and it is thought that he now lives in the otherworld, using his spirit helpers to bestow power upon new healers in the community. 


The Hmong were one of the tribal minorities expelled from the lowlands of China in the 18th century. Migrating to Northern Thailand, Laos and Vietnam, they brought with them a rich tradition of shamanist practices.... Read More

Details and Dimensions

40 x 17"
Ink and water based paint reproduction on rice paper scroll.

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