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The Last Dervish of Kazakhstan| 27mins
Director: Olesya Bondareva and Mauri Pasanen | Producer: Olesya Bondareva and Mauri Pasanen
Focus Years: 2010 | Country: Belgium
Subject Tags: asia, belief, culture, kazakhstan, religion
Quality Tags: Optimistic, Slow, Activating, Harmonizing
The form of Sufism present in Kazakhstan was originally born through the contact between lslam and the local Central-Asian traditions, most notably shamanism. Bifatima is widely considered as the last practicing dervish in Kazakhstan, a guardian of this old line of Sufi tradition. The film shows her performing rituals in which ancient shamanistic practices merge with religious beliefs.

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