Kyrlyk, Russian Federation
TO GO WITH A STORY RELIGION-RUSSIA-SHAMANS.
Shaman Ertechi Kleshevas mumbles prayers by a fireplace in the Kyrlyk
settlemant in Gorny Altai mountains in Siberia. Villagers in Kyrlyk say
Ertechi, in her late fifties and a descendant of an ancient and
powerfull clan of Altai shamans, can cure desease and curses, conjure
up or banish plague, and explain the inexplicable. Picture taken June
10, 2003. TO GO WITH A FEATURE RELIGION-RUSSIA-SHAMANS REUTERS/Viktor