The Heavenly Court in Song Family Village

© Song / Seaman / Rousso-Schindler
30 minutes / Colour / 2009
Directed by
Zhifang Song Gary Seaman Steven Rousso-Schindler


Country of production United States China

Series Song Family Village

Religious life in the village is highly gendered, with female shamans dominating most religious activities. These shamanesses and their gods are organised as a “court”, which expresses a hierarchy of power and prestige analogous to the traditional Chinese imperium focused on the emperor and his ministers.

Language and subtitles Chinese with English Subtitles

Region Central Asia and Far East

Country China

Keywords Gender Role and Identity Shamans and Shamanism Ritual