2012 Photo Contest, Arts and Entertainment, 3rd prize



Pavel Prokopchik

18 October, 2011

Bifatima Dauletova, a mystic and shaman, performs a ritual cleansing in Kazakhstan.

About the photographer

Pavel Prokopchik

Pavel Prokopchik was born in Russia in 1982. He grew up in Latvia, which was then part of the Soviet Union. In 2001, he moved to the Netherlands, graduating from The Royal Academ...

Background story

Ungurtas, Kazakhstan

Bifatima Dauletova, considered by many traditional healers in Kazakhstan to be the last local guardian of an ancient Sufi dervish tradition, performs a ritual cleansing using sheep’s blood at her homestead in the foothills of the Tien Shan Mountains, south Kazakhstan. Known by the honorific Bifatima-apa, the mystic and shaman draws followers from far afield. People come for health or addiction problems or to resolve life issues.

Technical information

Shutter Speed
1/250 sec
Focal length
35 mm
Canon EOS 5D Mark II

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