Scanning

by Tibetan Red

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In 1985 the Freedom in a Vacuum label (Toronto) released the first cassette by Tibetan Red. In 2000 Grácia Territori Sonor (Barcelona) re-released the original Freedom in a Vacuum cassette plus an additional recording from 1987 in CD format.
"Scanning" is the official net-re-release of that material.

Music & wall sculpture by Salvador Francesch.

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" The Siberian shaman was obliged to possess: a caftan hung with iron disks and figures representing mythical animals; a mask, a kerchief, with which the shaman blindfolds his eyes so that he can enter the spirit world by his own inner light; an iron or copper pectoral; a cap. In the case of a Yakut, in the center of the back of the caftan, among the disks representing “the sun”, there is a pierced disk called “the orifice of sun”. But usually it is supposed to represent the earth with its central opening, through which the shaman enters the underworld. The back of the caftan also bears a lunar crescent, as well as an iron chain symbolizing the shaman's power and resistance. According to the shamans, the iron disks serve as protection against the blows of the evil spirits. Tufts sewn to the fur of the caftan signify feathers.

The Yakut shaman's costume, must have from thirty to fifty pounds of metal ornaments. It is principally the noise from the ornaments that transforms the shaman's dance into an infernal saraband. These metallic objects have a “soul”; they do not rust.

Along the arms are arranged bars representing the arm bones. On the sides of the chest are sewn small leaves representing the ribs; higher up, large round disks represent womans breast, the liver, heart, and other internal organs. Finally, a small metal ämägät (the 'spirit of madness') is also attached, in the form of a little canoe containing the image of man. "

Mircea Eliade, "Shamanism"

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released July 21, 2013

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