PDF [Riding Windhorses A Journey into the Heart of Mongolian Shamanism] BY Sarangerel
Fortunate telling healing and protection and the spirit world I found the chapter on healing uite interesting Readily acknowledging the role of medicine and the importance in treating physical symptoms the author wrote about the spiritual cause of some illnesses which can be chotgor hostile ancestor spirits burhan nature spirits evil shamans or kulikan infinitely small worms which the author suggests may be bacteria In fact the list of spirits good bad indifferent filled up the glossary at the back of the book Would have loved to have seen some illustrations of some of these strange creatures Woven throughout the text at least in some chapters was a thread about how relevant shamanism particularly with its deep affinity and understand of nature is to our world today in terms of pollution and coming to terms with the natural world Despite some of the complex ideas the book was an easy read There were end notes a bibliography a suggestion section for further reading and a helpful glossary As a resource for those interested in shamans in Mongolia I would think this would be an excellent starting point I have studied practiced and taught shamanism based on the Andean teachings for many years Riding Windhorses was one of my first forays into Mongolian shamanism This book resonated strongly for me as my first and strongest connection is to horses I really enjoyed reading this book even though it is as much a reference book as it is a story One of the strongest points I make when working with students is that you cannot readily take teachings and techniues out of their cultural context Something potent and inherent is lost Riding Windhorses keeps those two aspects together by bringing cultural information history and cosmology together within the book Therefore understanding why some things are done with the underlying belief systems that uphold those teachings comes easier and powerfully Good introduction to Mongolian shamanic beliefs written by an American of Altaic descent Fascinating book about the ancient traditions of shamans in Mongolia and Siberia the author provides practical rituals and meditations at the end of each chapter the reader can try out or simply learn from This book gave me an even greater appreciation for Mongolians deep connection to nature and reverence for this fragile earth Excellent book and great resource for shamanism or magic of the area It includes three Mongolian fortune telling techniues and a lot of information on the spirits of the land It also provides an interesting insight into the Slavic religions which overlap with many of the beliefs A nice introduction to mongolian beliefs and shamanic practices I would have dropped out chapter of divination thoug. Ommunity and the natural order Riding Windhorses is the first book written on Mongolian and Siberian shamanism by a shaman trained in that tradition A thorough introduction to MongolianSiberian shamanic beliefs and practices it includes working knowledge of the basic rituals and various healing and divination techniues Many of the rituals and beliefs described here have never been published and are the direct teachings of the author's own shaman mentor.
Golian and Siberian societies as well as with other cultures that they came into contact but this book was not a history text it had a real practical feel to it Actual rituals and spells were included including how to perform them what one needs to do them and even what to expect I wasn t myself interested in performing any rituals and for those who might find that off putting one need not read the rituals to get the other information presented in this book However they did make for interesting reading my favorite was how to make wooden shagai shagai being sheep anklebones uses for both games and fortune telling among the Mongols It was interesting to compare what I had read before of shamans or thought of them from other contexts both non fiction and fiction A number of things lined up with what I expected such as a deep reverence for nature honoring animals that are killed for food the assignment of deep mythological and cosmological significance to some species of animals including some surprising ones such as a particular species of duck the belief in nature spirits in many things including trees rocks and animals and the belief in both beneficial and dangerous spirits that the shaman had to interact with for the good of both the shaman and his or her peopleThere were some surprises of course I would have been disappointed had there not been The idea of three worlds ours as well as a lower and an upper world was interesting Though someone coming from a Christian background would see an upper world as being good and a lower world as being bad that doesn t seem to be the case in a SiberianMongolian shamanistic tradition They are parallel worlds worlds with their own inhabitants and worlds that with some difficulty a shaman could travel to Though the lower world is darker with a dimmer moon and sun and the upper world is brighter they are not necessarily dominated by either good or evil Similarly there are black shamans and white shamans but the use of white or black the author cautioned has nothing to do with good or evil but rather whether or not the shaman in uestion uses lower world spirits and travels through the lower world a black shaman or the upper world and thus a white shaman It did not seem however that all shamans fit into one category or another Indeed there were many types of shamans with some specializing in say healing while others dealing with other areas of interest An even harder to understand concept was the idea that people have not one but three souls consisting of the suld soul which remains in nature after death and two souls that reincarnate the ami body soul and the suns soul a diagram was included The book was conveniently divided up by topic which chapters on. Ath of moderation in one's actions and reverence for the natural world which they view as mother to humanity Mongolians believe that if natural resources are taken without thanking the spirits for what they have given those resources will not be replaced Unlike many other cultures whose shamanic traditions were undermined by modern civilization shamans in the remote areas of southern Siberia and Mongolia are still the guardians of the environment the
I m always a bit skeptical when somebody writes a book about their experiences leaving the industrialized world This book was a nice deviation from the usual genre My impression is that the author Sarangerelis sincere about her calling She says her ancestral connection dates to 1917 Tunken region of southern Siberia through her maternal line They were political refugees who fled the country during the Russian revolution and the author chose to return to her family traditions She resides in Ulaanbatar Mongolia and Ulan Ude Siberia Sarangerel at the time of publication was periodically returning to the US and offering workshops to those interested in learning about this practice She presents the tradition in a matter of fact manner without romantic stage dressing or new age rhetoric This isn t scholarly nor an anthropological case studyRiding Windhorses consists of straightforward writing with definitions of terms and explanatory text when describing anything that would be unfamiliar to westerners The text flows nicely and is presented in an interesting wayFor people interested in shamanism as its practiced in the 21st century by traditional cultures this is a good book to begin with The author provides some historic background describes the basic animist world view practiced by her people and ritual frameworkWhile I don t practice shamanism or the rituals described therein I ve great respect for the tenets and am inspired by the communal aspects interaction and interconnections with all that is respect for other creatures and earth upon which we live A wonderful companion to Saragerel s other book Chosen by the Spirits Following Your Shamanic Calling though less rich in detailed practices Some of the highlights of this one are the chart and explanation of the three souls an extensive list with photos and explanatory descriptions of the many tools of a Mongolian shaman and a wonderful section on the names and meanings of various stars planets and other heavenly bodies An informative and inspiring introduction and history of shamanism in the MongolianSiberian traditions I have never read a book uite like this before a book on shamanism written by one trained in shamanistic techniues Though the book had a somewhat scholarly though not dry feel to it the author believed in the beliefs and traditions she wrote about something you don t often see in such accounts The book was a good introduction to the concept of shamans at least in the MongolianSiberian tradition of what they do how they train the spiritual beings they deal with the cosmology and origin stories that they believe and how they view mankind s role within nature I would have liked a bit historical and cultural context within Mon. The first book written about Mongolian and Siberian shamanism by a shaman trained in that tradition• A thorough introduction to Mongolian and Siberian shamanic beliefs and practices which until the collapse of the Soviet Union were banned from being practiced• Includes rituals for healing and divination techniuesIn traditional Mongolian Buryat culture shamans play an important role maintaining the tegsh the balance of the community They counsel a