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Cuckoo the Informer and Fly Agaric the Communicator

No phenomenon of folk culture gives rise to such various, often mutually exclusive, opinions as shamanism. The only thing on which all scholars – native and foreign; modern and of the past; medicine men, ethnographers and cultural studies specialists – agree is that shamanism is based on belief in spirits. The sources of this belief are in ancient ...

Modified: 22.12.2010
shaman , shamanism , shamanistic ritual , tambourine , spirits , shamanistic attributes , tampon
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Biblical Czars of the Khanty Sanctuary

... or other external characteristics of the dish could have been meant. According to V. N. Chernetsov, in the 1930s another “silver dish depicting seven people” was in the settlement of Yany-Paul on the North Sosva. In 1997 they told me about a “shaman place” in the upper reaches of the River Yalbynia (the left tributary of the North Sosva). Next to the cult barn three stones were put up, which held a large silver dish, darkened with time, showing four riders. Regrettably, the two latter dishes ...

Modified: 30.12.2009
ancient culture of Siberia , Nildin dish , Khanty , Chernetsov , Ancient East , shaman , silver dishes , Anikov dish , Central Asia
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Tyles Kurok Iki, or the Eagle Comes for the New Year

... spawns and leaves fall” periods. They vary in length: the “geese and ducks have come” can be quite short whilst “severe frost” can last over two months. The New Year is celebrated in late February—early March. The exact date is named by the shaman prompted by the Moose (this is what the Khanty call the Big Dipper). In the Khanty language, the New Year is called “tyles kurok iki” (the “old eagle” period), which can be loosely translated as “the period when the eagle comes”. As ...

Modified: 30.12.2008
Khanty , New Year celebration , shaman , spirits , gifts , Bear Feast
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Pagan Belief and Customs. Description of the Yakut Custom of Sacrifice

... is given to the characteristic of the religious culture of the Siberian aboriginals, their world views. The traveler’s notes represent the following materials in the most profound manner: deities and spirits, their influence over people’s fate; shamans as the intermediaries between people, deities and spirits; human and animal soul; conception of disease and death; funeral cult and the other world; totem, trade, kin, and family cults; cult of the horse; magic (for medicinal, amorous and other ...

Modified: 25.12.2007
Siberia , Yakuts , shaman , sacrifice , Gerhard Friedrich Mueller
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Dancing with the Spirits

Despite the processes of globalization and assimilation of cultures, modern mankind does not have a single face. Rather, this is a great mosaic which consists of a multitude of peoples: small and great The Shamans of Tuva: Dancing with the Spirits Tuva is an enormous territory, inhabited from ancient times, with a total area of one hundred seventy thousand square kilometres and having a variety of landscapes (forests, plains, and mountains). It is situated ...

Modified: 30.01.2005
peoples of Siberia , Tuva , cult , culture , shaman , Siberia , tradition
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