Becoming shamans among Digaru Mishmis and Sherdukpens of Arunachal Pradesh, India

Shamanism still plays a significant role among the communities of Arunachal Pradesh. Every community has its particular terminology for a religious specialist, a large population from Digaru Mishmi and Sherdukpen. Both communities still follow their age-long indigenous ways of shamanism, which have been passed from generation to generation. The present work will reflect the presence of different types of shamans in both communities and closely go through the shaman’s journey from the initial phase of their lives to the attainment of the first ritual as a full-fledged shaman. The work will also reflect different categories of shamans and their role in rituals and ceremonies in respective communities.