Anatoliy Dzhavinov, About Gucha Khartsyzov
Kalmyk Cultural Heritage Documentation Project, University of Cambridge
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Terbish, B. (2018). Anatoliy Dzhavinov, About Gucha Khartsyzov [Video file]. https://doi.org/10.17863/CAM.42897
Anatoliy talks about his uncle Gucha Khartsyzov who was a bone-setter. In Anatoliy’s family there were many healers and Gucha was one of them:We had Gucha Khartsyzov, who was my father’s brother. He was a bone-setter. When he studied in a Buddhist temple, his teacher would break a bird’s leg in front of his disciples and ask them to put the bones together. Gradually, his teacher increased the size of broken bones from that of lambs to bulls to horses. Only after such a training, his disciplines were allowed to set human bones. Once I broke my hand so that a bone was sticking out from under the skin. My father took a bottle of vodka and we went to see Gucha. He was sitting with a large cup in front of him. My father poured the vodka into his cup. After drinking it, Gucha began to examine me, while talking to me about this and that. As I got relaxed, he suddenly jerked my hand so that the bone immediately fell into its place. I did not even have time to understand what had happened, so I did not have time to cry.
Traditional medicine, specialist, folk healer
Sponsored by Arcadia Fund, a charitable fund of Lisbet Rausing and Peter Baldwin
This record's DOI: https://doi.org/10.17863/CAM.42897