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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 animistic ideas according to which all things surrounding a man and all natural phenomena have a soul. The Sun and the Moon are spouses, and because of...

Modified: 22.12.2010
shaman , shamanism , shamanistic ritual , tambourine , spirits , shamanistic attributes , tampon
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A Journey across Siberia. Turks of the Krasnoyarsk Uyezd and Their Shamans

Johann Georg Gmelin was born in 1709 in Tubingen, Germany. He entered university at the age of 13 and completed his thesis when he was 18 years old. In 1727 Gmelin moved to St. Petersburg. In 1731 the 22-year-old scientist was appointed professor of the St. Petersburg Academy. Gmelin gained recognition of the European scientific community for the studies conducted within the framework of the Great Northern (Second Kamchatka) Expedition in 1733–1743... Johann Georg Gmelin was born in 1709 in Tubingen...

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