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Pagan Belief and Customs. Description of the Yakut Custom of Sacrifice

... and death; funeral cult and the other world; totem, trade, kin, and family cults; cult of the horse; magic (for medicinal, amorous and other purposes); various fortune-telling and divination. Like many other travelers, he was especially interested in Siberian shamanism. During his journey through Siberia, Mueller met dozens of shamans, was present at the sessions of their chanting and at the sacrifices performed by them. Some of the shamans he visited, others invited to town for inquiries; as a rule, they ...

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

... the last two centuries, the natives have preserved their traditional way of life. The uniqueness of the spiritual culture of this region of Siberia was determined by centuries-long interaction of Buddhism/Lamaism and the Pantheism of the nomads and shaman practices, rooted in the Siberian Paleolithic. At the beginning of the twentieth century more than twenty Buddhist monasteries with four thousand lamas were in action here, along with about two thousand shamans. The commercialization of the shaman’s practice is a characteristic ...

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