A Muslim Shaman of Afghan Turkestan (South Turkistan)
During field work in 1968 in the town of K in northern Afghanistan (South Turkistan) (cf.Centlivres I971) the authors attended a therapeutic seance performed bya baxsi2 or shaman with the aid of a qobuz or horsehair fiddle. Both thebaxJi as a healer and his qobuz have long been observed among the Kazakh and Kirghiz, but their presence in Afghanistan was, to the best of our knowledge, first reported by Slobin (i969). This paper will therefore deal primarily with the performance, role, and status of the baxJi in Afghan Turkestan (South Turkistan).
Micheline and Pierre Centlivres
Bern Historical Museum
University of Michigan