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Corine SombrunAuthor, composer, Mongolian shamanic trance practitioner & researcher

Corine Sombrun
Corine Sombrun grew up in Africa and returned to France to study musicology, piano and composition. She settled in London in 1999 as a musician but also undertook projects for the BBC World Service.
One of those reports took her to Mongolia, where a highly respected local Dahrad shaman recognized her as having unique shamanistic capabilities. She was invited to spent several months a year at the border with Siberia to undertake the rigorous and intense training to become a Shaman. And after eight years she thus became the first Western woman fully trained in the Mongolian shamanic tradition.

Her unique experience in the practice of shamanic trance and her ability to self-induce it have been a topic of interest for scientists. She has been collaborating with researchers since 2006, in order to show that this shamanic trance indeed modifies the circuits of cerebral functioning. Further research into it (including in the capacity of any human being to reach such a state in a self-induced way) is under way.

Corine also collaborates extensively with artists, and leads workshops exploring the influence of trance on creativity (e.g. at the Ecole des Beaux-Arts de Paris, Sciences Po etc.).

She has written several books translated into many languages, including Mon initiation chez les Chamanes (Albin Michel 2004), In Geronimo’s footsteps (Skyhorse Publishing 2014), Les esprits de la steppe (Albin Michel 2012), Sauver la planète, le message d’un chef indien d’Amazonie (Albin Michel 2015).

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