Siberian Shamanism: The Shanar Ritual of the Buryats (Paperback)
  • Siberian Shamanism: The Shanar Ritual of the Buryats (Paperback)
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Siberian Shamanism: The Shanar Ritual of the Buryats (Paperback)

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Paperback 208 Pages / Published: 28/01/2016
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Near the radiant blue waters of Lake Baikal, in the lands where Mongolia, Siberia, and China meet, live the Buryats, an indigenous people little known to the Western world. After seventy years of religious persecution by the Soviet government, they can now pursue their traditional spiritual practices, a unique blend of Tibetan Buddhism and shamanism. There are two distinct shamanic paths in the Buryat tradition: Black shamanism, which draws power from the earth, and White shamanism, which draws power from the sky. In the Buryat Aga region, Black and White shamans conduct rituals together, for the Buryats believe that they are the children of the Swan Mother, descendants of heaven who can unite both sides in harmony.
Providing an intimate account of one of the Buryats' most important shamanic rituals, this book documents a complete Shanar, the ceremony in which a new shaman first contacts his ancestral spirits and receives his power.

Publisher: Inner Traditions Bear and Company
ISBN: 9781620554319
Number of pages: 208
Weight: 460 g
Dimensions: 254 x 178 x 8 mm
Edition: 2nd Edition, New Edition of <i>Shanar</i>


MEDIA REVIEWS
". . . we see that shamans are ordinary people with extraordinary perception of the world. The same can be said for the book itself. . . . This most certainly is no ordinary book. It is unique, in some respects more experience than narrative, a place where form and content merge, where the story becomes the message and the message is the reason for telling the story." * John Perkins, author of the New York Times Bestseller Confessions of an Economic Hit Man *
"This glimpse of Buryat culture does not aim to be comprehensive, but it will be fascinating to those interested in Eastern religions and anthropology. Of particular note are the hundreds of full-color photographs that grace the handsomely produced volume; there's also a useful glossary." * Publishers Weekly *
". . . fascinating book. . . . With coauthors Zhambalov, a Buryat actor, and Phipps, an African American poet, (Tkacz) gives a vivid and detailed look into this ritual and, more generally, into this rarely discussed culture. . . .This book provides enough information about the culture to place the ritual in context, but it is not meant to be a scholarly treatment of the Buryat culture. The 175 accompanying photographs by fashion photographer Alexander Khantaev are beautiful and convey a sense of color that is not typically associated with this region." * Library Journal *

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