Virlana Tkacz with Sayan Zhambalov and Wanda Phipps
One Park Street, Rochester, VT 05767
9781620554319, $19.95, www.amazon.com
Siberian Shamanism: The Shanar Ritual of the Buryats belongs in any new age spirituality collection strong in shamanism, and offers a close inspection of the remote Buryats, an indigenous people who reside at the intersection of Mongolia, Siberia, and China. Prosecuted by the Soviets for seventy years, they are now free to pursue their unique spiritual traditions which blend Tibetan Buddhism and Shamanism, and this account of their rituals documents a complete Shanar, a ceremony where a new shaman first contacts his ancestral spirits, among other things.
Translations of Buryat ceremonial songs and chants pair with discussions of how the shaman traditions differ from other cultures in a discussion that comes packed with gorgeous color photos to compliment the spiritual and cultural insights.
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|Title Annotation:||Siberian Shamanism: The Shanar Ritual of the Buryats|
|Article Type:||Book review|
|Date:||Mar 1, 2016|
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