The Black Shaman

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Black shamanism is a kind of shamanism practiced in Mongolia and Siberia. Black shaman[1] are regarded as the most powerful of the shaman classes and sometimes known as ‘warrior- shamans’ because they battled evil forces on a “Might v’s Might” basis and were consulted as military advisors. They obtain their power from the north, the North Pole or the North Star, and could be easily identified as they always wore black robes with very little, if any, decoration. The primary function of the black shaman was to deal with demons and the dark gods on behalf of their clients. In this role they were hired to curse the client’s enemies and blight their crops and livestock.[2]

In wartime the black shamans attached themselves to the army rather like the modern padres and helped to win battles using their occult powers. They boosted the soldiers’ morale and performed ceremonies to help in battle. The power of the army was connected to the Black shamans, so these shamans were heavily recruited in times of war. Although not a shaman Chinggis Khan is the best-known practitioner and follower of Black Shamans.

In peacetime they took a more positive role as diplomats, political advisors and emissaries and they oversaw the preparation and signing of treaties with the appropriate magical rites. Black shamans were greatly feared, even after their deaths.[3]

Black shaman also performed hunting rituals, healing work, protection, divination, and put curses on tribal enemies. Black shamans have to be careful to stay in balance, for a shaman that curses too much, will lose their ability to heal and would become an outcast.

Black Shamans are so feared and caution applied to the practices of Black Shamanism that to this day, the Buryat people require anyone undergoing the rights to become a Black Shaman to undertake numerous oaths that bind the Black Shaman not to engage with dark spirits or conduct ceremonies and rituals aimed at harming people, animals, and crops.

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Bibliography “Secrets of Siberian Shamanism the Crazz Files.”

Rinchen, Yönsiyebü. “White, Black and Yellow Shamans among the Mongols.” Ultimate Reality and Meaning 4, no. 2 (1981): 94-102.

Wikipedia. “Black Shamanism.”

[1] Yönsiyebü Rinchen, “White, Black and Yellow Shamans among the Mongols,” Ultimate Reality and Meaning 4, no. 2 (1981).

[2], “Secrets of Siberian Shamanism the Crazz Files.”

[3] Ibid.

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