Shamanic Worlds: Rituals and Lore of Siberia and Central Asia

1st Edition

Marjorie Mandelstam Balzer

Routledge
Published December 31, 1996
Reference - 216 Pages
ISBN 9781563249730 - CAT# Y182693

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Summary

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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