On the “Urban Shamanism” and the New Purpose of the Shamanic Gifts in the Consumer Society Cover Image
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За „градския шаманизъм“ и новото предназначение на шаманските дарове в потребителското общество
On the “Urban Shamanism” and the New Purpose of the Shamanic Gifts in the Consumer Society

Author(s): Maxim Mikhalev
Subject(s): Anthropology, Museology & Heritage Studies, Customs / Folklore, Human Geography, Regional Geography, Ethnohistory, Local History / Microhistory, Oral history, Social history, Recent History (1900 till today), Religion and science , Finno-Ugrian studies, Cultural Anthropology / Ethnology, Culture and social structure , Social psychology and group interaction, Personality Pschology, Behaviorism, Social development, Family and social welfare, Human Ecology, Sociology of Culture, Economic development, Post-Communist Transformation, Ethnic Minorities Studies, Social Norms / Social Control, Globalization, Socio-Economic Research, Identity of Collectives
Published by: Институт за етнология и фолклористика с Етнографски музей при БАН
Keywords: Buryatia;urban shamanism;gifts;ghosts;consumer society;prestige;

Summary/Abstract: In the last decades, despite some pessimistic prognoses, shamanism is experiencingrevival. In the course of this process, shamans are adapting their practices to theclients’ expectations and new profile; as a result their own traditional view of theБългарска етнология, world is undergoing significant changes. One of the newly-emerged features ofcontemporary shamanism in Buryatia is dividing the inhabitants of the sacred worldinto „prestigious“ and „non-prestigious“ and offering them gifts corresponding tothis new status, all this with the active participation of the shamans themselves. Thearticle presents such practice which the author observed and assumes that there is alsoa process of transmission of respective ideals and values in the sphere of the sacredworld.

  • Issue Year: 2016
  • Issue No: 3
  • Page Range: 394-411
  • Page Count: 18
  • Language: Bulgarian