9780930407575

Shanar

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  • ISBN13:

    9780930407575

  • ISBN10:

    0930407571

  • Edition: 1st
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Copyright: 2002-11-01
  • Publisher: Parabola Books

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Summary

This rare first-hand account, accompanied by 175 photographs of the setting, sacred tools, and costumes, follows each step of the shanar-a Siberian shaman dedication ritual. The Buryats are indigenous people of eastern Siberia, an area which gave rise to the languages from which the term 'shaman' is derived. Shamanism is dependent upon intimate connections to specific places and cultures, and this account of a ceremony celebrates that relationship, while using the ritual as an entry point to explore the living culture of a people obscure to most Western readers. This accessible and authentic guide to true shaman practice reveals the personalities involved and respects the complexities of the Buryat community, thereby achieving greater depth than conventional anthropological studies.

Table of Contents

Forewordp. VII
Introductionp. 1
The Preparation
Bayir Rinchinovp. 4
The Sacred Groundsp. 7
The Ritual Objectsp. 25
The Cleansingp. 55
The Offeringp. 71
Calling the Spirits
The Ongon Spiritsp. 86
Volodya's Shanarp. 97
August 20, 2000p. 97
August 21, 2000p. 108
August 22, 2000p. 131
Breakthroughp. 149
Giving Thanksp. 157
Thanksp. 176
Glossaryp. 177
Creditsp. 180
Suggested Readingsp. 181
The Authorsp. 182
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