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Galba the last Tuvan Shaman

This is Galba, the last Tuvan shaman in Mongolia.

 

Here she is in front of her sacred tree, in the place of her birth, in the Altai Mountains in the far west of Mongolia.

 

We shot her at dusk after she had performed her ritual in the shadows of mountains that form the Chinese border with Mongolia. Galba brought us to this tree and told us we were the first foreigners ever to visit her most sacred place.

 

Very sadly Galba suddenly passed away just a few days after this photograph was taken.

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Taken on July 6, 2014