On the summer solstice last week, Mongolia's Shamans gathered to practice traditions and rituals that are thousands of years old. This might not seem remarkable, but under Communist rule, Shamanism was banned in Mongolia for 70 years; since 1992, when it was officially revived and legally protected, it has seen an extraordinary resurgence. Shamans are now in high demand, offering city residents aid for such workaday issues as money, romance, and health. But they're also on hand for sweeping moments like the sun ritual ceremonies that accompany the solstice and that remind participants of a more ancient past and of ways more deeply connected to the natural world. (Above: A Shaman beats her drum on June 22 outside Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia.)Kevin Frayer/Getty Images AT SUNRISE
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