Molfar – Exorcist
The final molfar we found in Verkhovyna, an exorcist who burns the hair of his guests to remove ill will and curses from their lives.
Molfar – Prayer Giver
We travel up a mountain at the edge of Verkhovyna, where a woman who is said to lift nightmares through prayer resides. On a slope so steep that you can only reach it by horseback, her house has the last memories of a tradition passed down for hundreds of years.
Molfar – Fortune Teller
In the mountain village of Verkhovyna, the last large community of molfar, Ukranian shamans, still thrives. We go to meet a woman who uses Hutsul magic to tell fortunes through cards, but what makes he real or fake, and what does she tell us about the mountain culture?
Molfar – Herbalist
We travel to the Carpathan Mountain region of Ukraine, where an ancient tradition of herbalist shamans, the molfar, is still practiced by a select few who help villagers using vegetation from the mountains.
We travel to the Kiev Perchesk Lavra, a sacred location in the Ukranian Orthodoxy. Often called a birthplace of Western Christian Orthodoxy, a number of monks traveled to the Lavra to die in the caves, where devotees go to meet and kiss their corpses.
We travel to the Davelis Cave in the mountains of Attica in Greece, once said to be the home of Pan, god of the wild and his nymphs. The site contains an abandoned Church and is named after a bandit who hid his treasures there. What is it about the cave that draws so many people from so many different backgrounds in?
Cave of the Apocalypse
We travel to the Cave of the Apocalypse, where St John had his vision of Christ and saw the Apocalypse, his inspiration for the Book of Revelations. Residents of the cave’s island, Patmos, feel as much influence from the site in their daily lives as their religious practices.
We visit the Arkadi Monastery, a Greek Orthodox temple hidden in the mountains of Crete. Arkadi is a holy site surrounded by natural beauty, but an age-old story and sacrifice has made it something more.
We travel to the prehistoric caves on Matala Beach, where famous hippies including Joni Mitchell lived for a while. Hippies still live in the caves today, taking an easy lifestyle with the land and taking advantage of the knowledge of our ancestors from long ago.
India Part 2
We travel to Kerala for the Onam festival, a celebration of the mythical king Mahadevi who brought equality and social justice to the population. Onam involves food, open celebrations, and involves Hindus, Muslims, Christians, and anyone else living in Kerala.
Ganesha Chaturthi Visarjan
Families in Maharashta perform Visarjan, the submerging of Ganesh into the sea, to end Ganesha Chaturthi. On the biggest Visarjan day at Girgaon beach, there are statues so large they have to be seen to be believed.
Chotta Nikarra Temple
We travel to Chotta Nikarra temple on the outskirts of Kochi, where the temple is said to cure mental illness and couples can pray for the souls of lost children and fertility.
We travel to Mumbai for Ganesha Chaturthi, a festival in which the spirit of Ganesh inhabits a statue and is welcomed into everyone’s homes. People welcome friends and strangers alike, and all of Mumbai celebrates together.
The God Devil
We travel to Seenigama shrine, where the God Devil resides and brings vengeance upon wrongdoers.
Mantra and Suraya
We travel to the Weligama district of Southern Sri Lanka to receive a Suraya, a necklace holding a personalized mantra chanted 9000 times. How does the repetition of words, of mantra, change the way our minds work and influence us?
We travel to rural Sri Lanka to find the Gurukam (chanters), whose words are said to cure sickness and read the future.
We journey to Kandy, Sri Lanka, to observe the Perahera festival, a ten day long celebration in which the baby tooth of Buddha is paraded around the city, bringing together Buddhists, Muslims, Hindus, Christians, and everyone on the island for a massive parade.
India Part 1
We visit the ISKCON (International Society of Krishna Conciousness) in Mumbai, where devotees and the public alike dance for hours and hours each night.
We head to the Aarti rituals held on Ganges River’s shore in Varanasi. These rituals are performed each day at sundown and sunrise, testaments to a timeless religion and Varansi itself.
The Burning Ghat
We explore the Burning Ghat, where families bring their loved ones for cremation on the Ganges River, a place said to send souls straight to Nirvana.
Magen Avot Temple
We head to the Magen Avot temple in the rural Indian town of Alibaug, where a once thriving Jewish population has almost disappeared, but maintains their weekly prayers.
Day of Shiva
We head to the spiritual hub city of Varanasi in India, where a massive festival in honor of Shiva takes place. Thousands of devotees line up for the temple, cheering, dancing, and singing all along the way.
The Ritual of 49 Days
The Ritual of 49 Days, a shamanic ceremony in South Korea during which a mudang channels the spirits of a deceased loved one, and in the end are taken to heaven or hell.
Pungryu and Han
Hae-chon, a practicing Korean Mudang(shaman) introduces Pungryu and Han, two fundamental forces that drive his work and our world.