The Wu Evening Activity

The Wu

The Wu, presented by Max Dashu

Old sources show the Wu carrying out invocation, divination, dream interpretation, healing, exorcism, driving off evil spirits, and performing ecstatic rain dances. Dramatic descriptions recount the powers of the Wu in their ecstasies– speaking in spirit tongues, spitting fire, flying on clouds, and slashing themselves with knives yet no blood flowed.

This visual presentation looks at ancient imagery of the Wu, especially as depicted in bronzes of the Warring States period, in the Chuci, and in more recent representations of the deified shaman, Chen Jinggu.