The Ancient Healers Of Belarus | A Disappearing   Tradition

 

Documentary Photographer Siarhiej Leskieć  is the Edge of Humanity Magazine contributor of this documentary photography.  From the project ‘Whisper ’.  To see Siarhiej’s body of work, click on any image.

 

 

 

 

 

More than five years ago I photographed and collected information about traditional healers in Belarus.  The ancient tradition is still alive in the center of Europe. This tradition has its roots in the pre-Christian era, and little studied.    Out of the forty people that I found in the first year of research, now there are only five.

The tradition is secret, protected and closed to others.  Sacred knowledge safeguarded and handed down over many generations from grandmother to granddaughter, from grandfather to grandson.  The healers are often without schooling.  The descendants are carefully selected to be trusted with the gift to heal people and animals, protect the economy from the troubles,  bad weather and diseases  sent by magicians and witches …

 

 

 

 

 

 

All images and text © Siarhiej Leskieć

 

 

See also:

Milkmaids of Belarus

By Siarhiej Leskieć

 

 

 

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