These photos were taken by Olesya Bondareva between August and December 2008. They are part of the exhibition “The Last Dervish of Kazakhstan”. Click on a photo to enlarge it and to see explanations.

Dervish Bifatima accompanied all these ceremonies and rituals with songs and prayers. In our exhibition video we have tried to capture some of the extraordinary atmosphere and energy of the ancient rituals that we witnessed in Kazakhstan. See video ►