Doctors remove metal rods from 'possessed' shaman

2014-09-06 20:39

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Kathmandu - Nepalese surgeons removed four metal rods measuring up to 15cm from a shaman, or traditional healer, who had swallowed them during a trance, doctors said on Saturday.

The shaman, Janak Bahadur Shahi, aged 47, was brought to a hospital in mountainous Jumla district, 350km northwest of the capital Kathmandu, on Thursday suffering from stomach pains, fever and vomiting, doctor Naresh Thapa told AFP.

"We pulled out four rods of 12-15cm in length that had punctured the intestine, causing internal bleeding", Thapa said.

Doctors said he was now out of danger.

The shaman, who claims to have swallowed more than 300 metal rods in his lifetime, had ingested the four rods two months ago when he was "possessed" by a form of the Hindu god Lord Shiva, Thapa said.

When the shaman's pain worsened, his family brought him to hospital, carrying him for four hours on foot, Thapa said.

Shaman healers and mystics are common in Nepal, especially in remote villages.

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