Siberian Shamans and their Music

A short documentary on contemporary Siberian shamanism from the Russian television channel RT.

The interesting part is a young shaman and his friend composing a sort of “house” music (or so the narrator describes it) to try to bridge contemporary sounds with the shamanic tradition, which was almost destroyed by seventy years of atheistic Communism. A little throat-singing comes in as well.

“Music helps me withdraw from the [trance] state,” says the shaman-musician.

The relationship between the revival of Siberian shamanism and Michael Harner’s Foundation for Shamanic Studies is briefly hinted at.

4 thoughts on “Siberian Shamans and their Music

  1. FASCINATING video! Thank you! My Byelorussian grandfather did something similar before he came to this country. Unfortunately my grandmother, who was a fanatical Catholic forced him to stop doing the rituals.

    Nice to see that the real Old Ways, going back thousands of years, are still being done.

    I also found the description of how the spirits “take over” the Shaman to be fascinating as it appears to coincide with descriptions of so-called “new age” channeling. Not only have I had the opportunity to see that done in person (which was scary when the spirit revealed itself prior to “taking over” the person), but having done that myself, I know that the description is close to be accurate. Not quite, but close to it.

    Again, thanks for the link!

  2. Cool video. I often wonder, however, how much cross-polination there is between the indigenous folk and those who study them, and worry about homogenation. We humans absorb and mix everything …

    • Well, as Star Trek said: Infinite Diversity in Infinite Combinations. Which, of course, is exactly what Mother Nature does!

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