Shamanic Worlds: Rituals and Lore of Siberia and Central Asia

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M.E. Sharpe, 1997 - Religion - 260 pages
The ancient heartland of shamanism is no longer forbidden territory - to travelers or to the spirits. But the spirits never left the vastnesses of Siberia and Central Asia, as these writings reveal. Russian and native experts, and an American cultural anthropologist who has done fieldwork in the region, introduce us to shamans as the poets, therapists, healers, and even leaders of their communities. Among the special features of this collection are remarkable transcriptions of shamanic exhortations and a pathbreaking study of shamanic tales and rituals.
 

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Contents

Chosen by the Spirits
3
Shamans and Their Religious Practices
49
Tuvan Shamanic Folklore
110
Healing Techniques Among Even Shamans
153
The Teleut Ritual Chymyr Exorcism and Explanation
165
The Archaic Epic and Its Relationship to Ritual
185
The Evenk4ga Ritual of Blessing
237
Bibliography
243
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