The Master of the Spirits

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The Master of the Spirits

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Long ago, Earth was dominated by supernatural spirits, living in the forest. Man however, lived in perfect harmony with them, thanks to a sacred alliance he concluded with the animals. This common destiny protected man from these spirits. Out of this alliance came incredible legends. Handed down from generation to generation, these legends have always been considered to be ancient history.

Today however, throughout the world, there exist ethnic minorities whose daily lives continue to bear witness to contemporary myths: these legends are their faith, and the animals, their gods. Thus, they are perpetuating the sacred alliance between man and the animals of the wild.

By recounting extraordinary true stories, Master of the Spirits has sought out these peoples, who continue to share incredible adventures with animals, hoping to receive the spirit’s protection. From the pythons hunter horsemen of the Cameroon forest to the eagle tamers of the Kirghizstan mountains, this collection features striking face to face encounters between men and animals, and reveals the most wondrous of beliefs which unite them in the spectacular, thousand-year-old fulfillment of a magical destiny.

Episode List

The only possibility for Kilo to send his son to school is to capture a python and sell its skin. But the Giant snake is a feared devil… One needs a lot of courage and magic to confront him!
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27 minutes
Fakir Bahadur, the chief of the Raji village of Ghatgaon, and his son go up the Karnali River in search for the golden masheer, the fish of gods.
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26 minutes
To survive in the jungle the Punan hunt. But when a wild game is killed, its little orphans – monkeys or otters – become members of their families.
3
28 minutes
Hassan Baï’ake, one of the last eaglers of Central Asia, teaches his grandson the art of being an eagler.
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27 minutes
Raton is one of the last otter fishermen alive. In a region where ancestral methods of fishing are preserved, he helps perpetuate old and rare traditions.
5
27 minutes
Once a year, the villagers of Cotabambas in the Peruvian Puna assign a few men the mission of bringing back the legendary condor, the sacred messenger of the gods.
4
26 minutes
I Kwan is a Mnong; he has just turned ten. Returning to his nomadic past, he ventures out to the forest to capture lizards and snakes.
3
27 minutes
An old Mustang tradition says that a boy without a horse is not a man. Kami is a young Mustangi from the Jomsom region of Nepal, who is getting ready for the great race of Dzar.
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25 minutes
The Bajun people of Kenya follow the "vampire fish," which helps them catch their break-fast food during the Ramadan month.
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26 minutes
Dependra Gaja, the biggest and the most respected of all the elephants in Nepal, offers the Tharus villages protection from wild animals.
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26 minutes
In order to gather the wild honey of the giant bees, the men of Sunderbans in western Bengal must avoid running into the master of the woods – the dreaded man-eating tiger!
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26 minutes
For the first time, young Idrissa is going fishing for the sacred silurid, which is said to bring happiness to anyone who catches it.
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27 minutes
An ancient cooperation exists between the "euchoshoroi" bird and the N’dorobos people, as the bird leads them to precious honey that plays a vital role in the tribe's cultural traditions.
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26 minutes

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