Siberian Shamanism: The Shanar Ritual of the Buryats 2nd Edition, New Edition of Shanar
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“This glimpse of Buryat culture does not aim to be comprehensive, but it will be fascinating to those interested in Eastern religions and anthropology. Of particular note are the hundreds of full-color photographs that grace the handsomely produced volume; there's also a useful glossary.”, Publishers Weekly
“. . . fascinating book. . . . With coauthors Zhambalov, a Buryat actor, and Phipps, an African American poet, (Tkacz) gives a vivid and detailed look into this ritual and, more generally, into this rarely discussed culture. . . .This book provides enough information about the culture to place the ritual in context, but it is not meant to be a scholarly treatment of the Buryat culture. The 175 accompanying photographs by fashion photographer Alexander Khantaev are beautiful and convey a sense of color that is not typically associated with this region.”, Library Journal
About the Author
Sayan Zhambalov is a Buryat writer, actor, and singer. He performed with the Yara Arts Group and heads Uragsha, a traditional music ensemble that has performed at the World Music Institute in New York.
Wanda Phipps is a poet, translator, and founding member of the Yara Arts Group. A recipient of a New York Foundation for the Arts Poetry Fellowship, her work has appeared in more than a hundred literary journals and anthologies.
Itzhak Beery is an internationally recognized shamanic healer and teacher. He was initiated into the Circle of 24 Yachaks by his Quechua teacher in Ecuador and by Amazonian Kanamari Pagè. He has also trained intensively with other elders from South and North America. The founder of ShamanPortal.org and cofounder of the New York Shamanic Circle, he is on the faculty of New York Open Center. His work has been featured in the New York Times, films, TV, and webinars. An accomplished visual artist and owner of an award-winning advertising agency, he grew up on Kibbutz Beit Alfa in Israel and lives in New York.
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There is no judgement from the Western point of view about the rituals – instead, the facts are elaborately and truthfully written with the right amount of the knowledge that the readers need to know.
At the same time, it is more like a story that even readers want to turn pages to follow what was going on next – as it ran into an issue that the ritual faced at a great risk – then what a relief it ended with a success.
The beautiful land, harsh weather, unfortunate colonial past of that region and the recovery of the tradition – the author embraces all beautifully.
I wanted to learn about Siberian Shamanism to find anything common with Japanese culture (where I’m from).
Shishi-Odori in Iwate definitely has lots in common and there must be influence from Siberia long time ago.