Nomadic Religion

In this post, Nomadic Hype brings you question, what does religion of nomads?

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What is Tengerism?

Shamanism” is the ancient spiritual beliefs of the Mongolian people that live in Central Asia, Siberia, and as far west as parts of Eastern Europe. Shamanism is often called “Tengerism” in Siberia and Mongolia since it means “the honoring of spirits”.

 

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In the Tengerism, World is alive.

There are three main concepts in Tengerism. The plants, animals, rocks, and water all have spirits. These spirits must be respected and cared for or the land would become hostile or barren. Therefore, protection and balance of one’s environment is of utmost importance.

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Shaman Frame Drums

Does karma also exist in Shamanism?

Personal responsibility is the second main concept of Tengerism. Tengerists believe in a concept called buyan that is very close to the belief of karma. Being responsible for one’s own actions is the mark of an upright human being.

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Equilibrium is most important part of the Tengerism

The third concept of Tengerism is balance. Balance is important to keep harmony within oneself, the community, and the environment. When things get out of balance, there are harmful effects. This is when a shaman is needed.

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What is Shaman in Tengerism?

A shaman should not be catagorized simply as a “medicine man” or “witch doctor”. Tengerist spiritual beliefs are far more sophisticated than that. There are many kinds of healers that are specialists in their field.

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It is the shaman, however, that is the true master of the spirit world. The shaman is chosen by the spirits at birth and an extra soul called an udha enters them. This soul helps them gather other spirit helpers that protect the shaman. Without this protection, rituals and other world journeys are dangerous and foolish to attempt.

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