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A Journey across Siberia. Turks of the Krasnoyarsk Uyezd and Their Shamans

... are devoted to a description of shamanist practice, which to all appearances absorbed the traveler downright. As many Europeans who got to Siberia at those times, Gmelin believed that shamanism was a kind of good business and spoke of shamans as of sorcerers. The observant scholar described the process of a shaman talking to the spirits, kamlanie , with undisguised irony. In his opinion, the kamlanie was no more than a series of various tricks aimed at forcing the audience to pay up in any form,...

Modified: 25.12.2007
Second Kamchatka expedition , Gmelin , expedition , Siberia , sorcerer , sorceress , tambourine , Tatars
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