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Narrated by David Attenborough 6: Artists in Exile
In the south of France, on the banks of the picturesque river Lot, an old army camp has been transformed into a Vietnamese village. For 25 years it has provided a home for refugees, and it is unique in having preserved an extraordinary cult of spirit possession which can no longer be found even in Vietnam.
Among the old ladies of the cult are a select few who have been chosen as mediums, and in ceremonies which last many hours they rapidly enter a trance, dancing before the shrines in the robes of the spirits which possess them.
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