Riding Windhorses: A Journey into the Heart of Mongolian Shamanism

Riding Windhorses: A Journey into the Heart of Mongolian ShamanismThe 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 Techniques.In Traditional Mongolian Buryat Culture, Shamans Play An Important Role Maintaining The Tegsh, The Balance Of The Community They Counsel A Path 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 Community, 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 Mongolian Siberian Shamanic Beliefs And Practices, It Includes Working Knowledge Of The Basic Rituals And Various Healing And Divination Techniques Many Of The Rituals And Beliefs Described Here Have Never Been Published And Are The Direct Teachings Of The Author S Own Shaman Mentors. 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 e
I have never read a book quite like this before, a book on shamanism written by one trained in shamanistic techniques 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 Mongolian Siberian 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 Mongolian 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,
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, Sarangerel,is 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 study.Riding 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 way.For people int
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 techniques 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 T
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
A nice introduction to mongolian beliefs and shamanic practices I would have dropped out chapter of divination, though Good introduction to Mongolian shamanic beliefs, written by an American of Altaic descent.

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  • Paperback
  • 224 pages
  • Riding Windhorses: A Journey into the Heart of Mongolian Shamanism
  • Sarangerel
  • English
  • 07 March 2019
  • 9780892818082