Alas characteristic of Soviet ethnography as it continues to be practiced unquestioned in present-day Central Asia ― and by international scholars still inspired by its legacy ―, the present essay, based on observations made in the summer 2001, endeavours to highlight the presence of shamanic elements in current healing practices among the Kyrgyz. Interestingly though quite distressingly making “the examination of the scholarly literature a project for the future (p. 38),” the author also shows perfectly untouched by the idea of possible systematic comparison with magical healing practices in other parts of the world of Islam.

Stéphane A. Dudoignon, National Centre for Scientific Research, Paris
CER: II-6.4.D-520