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1901 __ Invisible voices — recording of a Siberian shamanism ritual
Waldemar Bogoras (1865-1936)
Comment : In 1901, US ethnologist Waldemar Bogoras traveled to Siberia to visit a shaman of the Tchouktchi tribe. In a darkened room, he observed a spirit conjuring ritual. The shaman beat a drum more and more rapidly, putting himself in a trance state. Startled, Bogoras heard strange voices filling the room. The voices seemed to come from all corners and spoke English and Russian. After the session, Bogoras wrote, “I set up my equipment so I could record without light. The shaman sat in the furthest corner of the room, approximately 20 feet away from me. When the light was extinguished the spirits appeared after some ‘hesitation’ and, following the wishes of the shaman, spoke into the horn of the phonograph.” The recording showed a clear difference between the speech of the shaman, audible in the background, and the spirit voices which seemed to have been located directly at the mouth of the horn. All along, the shaman's ceaseless drum beats can be heard as if to prove that he remained in the same spot. This was the first known experiment in which voices of "conjured spirits" were recorded on an electrical recording device. (Mark H. Macy)Some of the publications by Bogoras are: The Chukchee (1909).Chukchee Mythology (1910).The Eskimo of Siberia: Folk-tales and Songs (1913).Koryak Texts (1917).Tales of Yukaghir, Lamut,, and Russionized Natives of Eastern Siberia (1918).Handbook of American Indian Languages: Part 2. With Franz Boas, LJ Frachtenberg, and E Sapir. (1922).Ideas of Space and Time in the Conception of Primitive Religion (1925). (. Compiled from various sources)
French comment : Le premier enregistrement connu (de transcommunication ITC.Instrumental Transcommunication) fut fait en 1901, par un ethnologue américain, Waldemar Bogoras, qui alla assister à une invocation par un chaman de la tribu des Tchouktchi. Bogoras entendit des voix remplirent la cabane au fur et à mesure de l’avancement du rituel. Vrai ou faux, on n’en sait rien. Bogoras écrivit ceci après la session : "J’ai mis en place mon équipement afin de pouvoir enregistrer sans lumière. La shaman s’assit dans le coin le plus éloigné de la pièce. Quand la lumière s’éteignit, les esprits sont apparus après une certaine hésitation et en suivant le vouloir du shaman, ils ont parlé dans la corne du phonographe." Apparemment même dans les notes de Thomas Alva Edison, inventeur de l’ampoule et de la première caméra eut quelques expériences dans ce domaine. (Compiled from various sources)
Source : Macy, Mark H. (1995), “Conversations Beyond the Light: Communication With Departed Friends & Colleagues by Electronic Means”, Griffin Publishing Group.
Source : Macy, Mark H. (2001), “Miracles in the Storm: to come”, NAL Trade.
Source : Macy, Mark H. (2006), “Spirit Faces: Truth About the Afterlife”, Weiser Books.
Urls : http://www.worlditc.org/a_02_macy_itc_history.htm (last visited )

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