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"I went to a place called Kamar-Taj and I talked to someone called the Ancient One, and..."
"Oh. So you joined a cult."
Doctor Strange and Christine Palmer[src]

Kamar-Taj is the home and training grounds to the Masters of the Mystic Arts.

History

"You came to be healed, as did we all. Kamar-Taj is a place that collects broken things. We all come with the promise of being healed, but instead, the Ancient One gives us parlor tricks."
Kaecilius[src]

Kamar-Taj was founded as a place for sorcerers and sorceresses to train and control their powers. People often come here after being broken or damaged, physically and psychologically. Once they are healed from their wounds, they are allowed to choose between joining the Masters of the Mystic Arts or returning to their previous lives.[1]

House of Wisdom

"No knowledge in Kamar-Taj is forbidden. Only certain practices. Those books are far too advanced for anyone other than the Sorcerer Supreme."
Wong[src]

Kamar-Taj also houses spellbooks that have dangerous spells. Despite this, the warnings come after the spells rather than before, a common practice in the rest of the world. This can cause sorcerers to practice spells without knowing the risks and costs.[1]

A Strange Pilgrimage

"The place you're looking for is called Kamar-Taj. But the cost is high."
Jonathan Pangborn[src]

Following his car accident and the subsequent nerve damage suffered in his arms, Dr. Stephen Strange exhausted most of his wealth and sought out various medical procedures in an attempt to fix them, only to be told that it was impossible. After hearing from a counselor that a man named Jonathan Pangborn also received a similar injury and recovered completely from it, Strange sought out to find Pangborn and discover how he had done so.

During their encounter, Pangborn revealed that he had gone to a place known as Kamar-Taj in Kathmandu where his mind learned to heal what his body could not. Although Strange was skeptical, he used the last of his funds to travel to Nepal in a last-ditch effort to be healed from his affliction. Once there, Strange was met by the Ancient One and Karl Mordo, who both took their turns to train him to become a Master.[1]

Battle of Earth

In 2023, Masters of the Mystic Arts arrived from Kamar-Taj via portals to join the Battle of Earth against Thanos and his forces.[2]

Studying the Ten Rings

Wong speaking to Shang-Chi and Katy Chen

In 2024, Wong brought Shang-Chi and Katy Chen to Kamar-Taj to discuss Xu Wenwu's rings with Carol Danvers and Bruce Banner via holographic call. Wong told them that the Ten Rings issued a beacon to a location unknown when Shang-Chi had used them.[3]

Alternate Universes

Corrupted Doctor Strange

In an alternate universe where Christine Palmer died, Stephen Strange trained to become a member of the Masters of the Mystic Arts at Kamar-Taj.[4]

Relics

Trivia

  • In the comics, Kamar-Taj is an isolated community located in Tibet, on the Himalayas. It is the home of the Ancient One as well as many other sorcerers and mystics.
  • Kamar-Taj's wi-fi password is "Shamballa", a reference to the graphic novel Doctor Strange: Into Shamballa.
  • In Arabic, Kamar-Taj (قمر تاج Qamar-Taj) literally translates as "Moon Crown".

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