Ivan Szendro is a healer shaman who uses the power of myths and legends. For over 40 years, he has been contributing to the modern understanding of shamanism through his methodology of mythological shamanism. He learned his own myth from the residents of Nagygéc, a 1,000-year-old village on the border of eastern Hungary. His career is based on his insight that the myth that lives within each of us, a personal myth, can be used for healing. He calls this The Legend of You.
His years’-long search for the purpose of mythology led him to a recognition that it is a healing tool. Based on this insight, he created a three-part epic poem derived from the Nagygéc myth. He has performed this poem throughout Hungary and in Paris, Amsterdam, and New York. He has been a member of the International Society for Shamanistic Research since 1994 and has presented papers at ISSR conferences in Budapest, Alaska, and Guiyang, China. In 2008, a Hungarian documentary team made an award-winning film about his engagement with Hungarian myth, The Self-Made Shaman.
Ivan Szendro’s healing practice shows clients how their personal legend gives them universal meaning, self-healing power, and a “shamanic bird’s-eye view” over all kinds of challenges of their lives.
For more about Ivan’s journey as a shaman, see his article “‘Legend unravels the fabric, then knits it together again’: A Shaman’s Mythological Journey with Two Sister Villages in Contemporary Hungary.”
Ivan’s publications and conference papers
“Crossing the Bridge with the Hero.” In Kornélia Buday and Mihály Hoppál, eds., Shamanhood Today: Abstracts and Selected Papers. 8th conference of the International Society for Shamanistic Research, June 1–6, 2007, Dobogókö, Hungary (pp. 115–118). (Budapest: MTA Néprajzi Kutatóintézet–Magyar Vallástudományi Társaság, 2007).
“‘Legend unravels the fabric, then knits it together again’: A Shaman’s Mythological Journey with Two Sister Villages in Contemporary Hungary.” Coreopsis: A Journal of Myth and Theatre (February 2014).
“Legends and Healing: Changing Shamanic Practices in Eastern Hungary.” Paper presented at the 11th Conference of the International Society for Shamanistic Research, Guiyang, China, September 2013.
“The Myth-Carrier Shaman.” Coreopsis: A Journal of Myth and Theatre (2008).
A Vérbíró, Part 1 [The Judge of Blood] (Budapest: Nepmuvelesi Intezet [Institute of Ethnography], 1980).
A Vérbíró, Part 2 [The Judge of Blood]. Introduction by Rabbi Dr. Alexander Schreiber. (Nyíregyháza: Nyíregyháza Váci Mihály Müvelödési Központ [Culture Center of Nyíregyháza], 1982).
Vérbíró, Part 3 [The Judge of Blood]. Unpublished manuscript, 1983.