The White Shaman

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White Shaman work with spirits of the upper world and obtained their magical power from a westerly direction, the home of the benevolent deities and spirits. White shaman direct prayers to the Western Heavens.[1]

They are shamans of peace and have a special relationship with the spirits of nature. Their main focus is on pacifying angry spirits and helping mankind to live in balance with nature. White shamans also do divination, blessings and healing. One thing that they cannot do is shaman’s curse. [2] That is the dolman of the Black Shaman.

During the Mongol Empire, while Black shamans dealt with foreign affairs, White shamans dealt with local affairs and served as administrators and concerned themselves with the day to day lives of the people.

They operated at a tribal level almost exclusively as healers and diviners and they only had dealings with beneficent entities. It was their role to pacify angry or evil spirits, exorcise them if they possessed human beings and help the tribe live in harmony with their natural environment and the spirit world.

Today Buddhist influences, trappings, and style appear in the rituals of white shaman. Some chants are of Buddhist origin and White shamans burn incense instead of the wild plants that Black shamans burn. [3]

The white and black shamans, the Buryat say, fight with each other, hurling axes at one another from distances of hundreds of miles. White shaman serves the West, Tengri, and are in charge of ceremonies held at birth, marriage etc. The White Shaman wears a white coat and rides a white horse. A famous white shaman was Barlak, at who’s grave his descendants still go to worship.[4]

White shamans do not use drums, but instead have a wooden staff and ring bells during ceremonies. White shamans also do not wear the antlered headdress of the Black shamans, but instead wear a cape called a nemerge.[5]

During the 17th and 19th centuries, some white shaman acquiesced to the control of Lamaists and became Yellow shaman, other did not and were incorrectly categorised as Black shaman. It was not until the fall of the Soviet Union and the freedoms that Mongolia and other parts of Siberia have enjoyed that White Shamans were recognised again in their own right.

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Bibliography “Tengerism – Welcome to the House of Shamagika.” “Secrets of Siberian Shamanism the Crazz Files.” “Shamanism in Siberia Part Iii. Religion Chapter Ix. Types of Shamans.”

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

Sanders, Dr Fabian. “Tibetan Oracles and Himalayan Shamans.” “Shaman.”

Wikipedia. “Cultural Revolution.”

———. “Psychopomp.”

———. “Samsara.”

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[1], “Tengerism – Welcome to the House of Shamagika.”

[2] Ibid.

[3] Ibid.

[4], “Shamanism in Siberia Part Iii. Religion Chapter Ix. Types of Shamans.”

[5], “Tengerism – Welcome to the House of Shamagika.”

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