Aama Bombo

Member of the 13 Grandmothers Council


Buddhi Maya Lama (Aama Bombo) is a renowned shaman and one of the 13 grandmothers of the International Council of Thirteen Indigenous Grandmothers, a global alliance that teaches ancestral ways of prayer, education, and healing.

Aama was born in the remote village of Melong in the Eastern part of the Bagmati Zone, Nepal. Her father was a revered shaman in the Nepalese Tamang tradition. He initially restricted Aama from practicing shamanism, but after he died, his spirits and other gods and spirits started visiting and teaching Aama. Despite the Tamang tradition that women are not supposed to practice shamanism, Aama herself became a shaman, too.

Today, Aama is internationally known for her work as a healer and as one of the 13 grandmothers. Her clients travel from around the country, as well as from India and Tibet to her house in Boudhnath, near Kathmandu, where she treats an estimated 100 patients each morning. From the very poor to the Royal Family of Nepal, she treats her clients with equal dedication and respect.