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The Spiritual QuestTranscendence  in Myth, Religion, and Science$
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Robert Torrance

Print publication date: 1994

Print ISBN-13: 9780520081321

Published to California Scholarship Online: May 2012

DOI: 10.1525/california/9780520081321.001.0001

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Shamanic Heartland

Shamanic Heartland

Central and Northern Eurasia

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(p.149) Chapter Eleven Shamanic Heartland
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The Spiritual Quest
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Robert M. Torrance

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University of California Press
DOI:10.1525/california/9780520081321.003.0011

This chapter states that with the gradual spread of Lamaist Buddhism northward to Mongolia and Siberia, not only those who adopted (and adapted) the new religion, but others who presumably retained ancestral shaman practices, were deeply influenced by it. Given the wide diffusion of a clearly ancient shamanic complex from Lapland eastward to Greenland (hence far beyond Buddhist influences), this conclusion is untenable; but the undoubted impact of Lamaism on Mongolian and Tungus shamanism suggests a complex and reciprocal relation between them. For the Lamaist Buddhism that spread to the north had already been profoundly influenced, as seen by ancient Tibetan Bon shamanism. In most of northern Eurasia and much of Central Asia, shamanism has been practiced either as a component of tribal religion, or in conjunction with Christianity, Islam, or Buddhism into recent times.

Keywords:   Buddhism, Mongolia, Siberia, religion, shaman, Lamaism, Tungus, shamanism, Eurasia, Christianity

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