Shaman Tools

thaj neeb — shaman’s altar
The shaman cannot perform a ritual without an altar; therefore an altar must be set up and it should be on the wall everyday.

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kuam — divination horns
The divination horns answer any questions that the shaman longs to know.

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shaman’s veil
Every time a shaman is performing a shamanic ritual, he/she have to cover his/her face with this black veil to defend its self from the evil spirits.

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tswb neeb — finger ring bells
This tool is used to help heal a person.

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txiab neeb — a rattle used in shamanic rituals
This tool is used in shamanic rituals and its purpose is to hold everything together; as in a document.

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ntaj neeb — shaman’s sword
The sword is used to block evilness, to destroy the evil devils, and to protect people from disasters.

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nruas neeb — shaman’s gong
The gong/the sound of the gong is a warning to the spirits (assistants) that the shaman is performing a ritual and they must come out to help instruct.

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raj sab thiab lo thaj — undefine
This image is a container used to store incense. There are other places that incense can be stored as well.

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txheej txam — paper cutters
These tools are used to cut/punch papers. After those papers are cut/punched, they will be burnt for the evil spirits.

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lub thaj neeb — shaman’s altar

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xyoob thiab sob — strings and bamboos
The bamboos and the strings must be set up in order for the shaman to go to the spirit world. The bamboos and the strings represent a bridge. When a shaman is in a shamanic ritual , the bridge will lead the shaman to the other world. The strings and bamboos are located on the ceiling. They start from the shaman’s altar and ends at the door. The strings represent a bridge and the bamboos represent the support for the bridge.

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