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Winners for Daily Life Stories: The Whisperers

By Kuba Kaminski (CHIPP.cn)

10:10, March 27, 2012

Whisperers are people who believe they posses a gift from God, giving them the power to heal all kinds of diseases and physical pain. They claim that they are also able to throw spells and charms and free people from evil possession. The name probably came from the way they treat their believers, whispering special prayers into their ears. At least that's the best known explanation because the few last Whisperers in Poland use little different techniques. Whisperers are most of all elder women. They live in small villages in Podlasie area in the eastern part of Poland, few kilometers from Belarus. They derive from the Orthodox church but today the church don't want to recognize them, cutting itself from that kind of practices. They treat patients all day in their houses or special blessed places few kilometers away from the villages they live in. Most of them don't take any money for their seance saying that their are obligated before God to do this. Whisperers have their regular patients from the nearby villages and people from all parts of Poland and sometimes even the world. They have been a part of the local culture for hundreds of years in Podlasie, land of mysticism and symbols that dictate the rhythm of life for many people living here.

The 8th China International Press Photo Contest
Daily Life Stories - Gold Prize
The Whisperers
A tree indicating a small path in the woods near Rutka village in eastern Poland on Aug. 4, 2011.

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Daily Life Stories Winners
Silver Prize - Mideast Libya Hiatus
Bronze Prize - Chinese Spring Festival Passengers
Award of Excellence - Tajik People Living in Xinjiang
Award of Excellence - Charcoal Kids of Ulingan

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