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Shamanic worlds : rituals and lore of Siberia and Central Asia
Balzer, Marjorie Mandelstam.
Publication Information:
Armonk, NY : North Castle Books, [1997]

Physical Description:
xxxii, 260 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm
General Note:
Originally published: New York : M.E. Sharpe, 1990.
Chosen by the spirits -- Shamans and their religious practices -- Tuvan shamanic folklore -- Healing techniques among Evén shamans -- The Teleut ritual chymyr: exorcism and explanation -- The archaic epic and its relationship to ritual -- The Evenk alga ritual of blessing.
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Central Library BL2370.S5 S477 1997 Adult Non-Fiction Non-Fiction Area

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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.

Table of Contents

I Debates, Definitions, and Indigenous
Perspectives Chosen by the SpiritsVladimir N. Basilov
Shamans and Their Religious Practices, from Shamanism Among the Turkic Peoples of SiberiaNikolai A. Alekseev Tuvan
Shamanic FolkloreMongush B. Kenin-Lopsan
Healing Techniques Among Even ShamansAnatoly Alekseev
II Wedding Theory and Field Data
The Teleut Ritual Chymyr: Exorcism and ExplanationDmitri A. Funk
The Archaic Epic and Its Relationship to Ritual from Ritual and Folklore in Siberian ShamanismElena S. Novik
III A Final Tribute
The Evenk Alga Ritual of Blessing: Matriona Kurbeltinova in ActionNadezhda Ia. Bulatov

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