Kazakhstan: A Visit to the Healer

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When a group of visitors comes to Ungurtas, Bifatima-Apa prays with figurines of dragons on each hand.

From Kazakhstan’s southern city of Shymkent, Bifatima Dauletova walked hundreds of miles across the steppe about a decade ago, finally stopping at a “holy hill” in the village of Ungurtas. Or so goes the legend.

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Ikuru Kuwajima is a freelance photojournalist based in Almaty.

Kazakhstan: A Visit to the Healer

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