Shamanic and Mythic Cultures of Ethnic Peoples in Northern China
Shamanic Divination, Myths, and Idols
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Based on first-hand materials gathered through decades of field research and fleshed out with the author’s insightful religious, cultural, and historical observations extending back to Qing Dynasty times, ancient archaeological discoveries and the legacy of Siberian peoples, this two-volume ethnological study investigates shamanic rituals, myths and lore in northern China and explores the common ideology underlying the origins of the region’s cultures.
This second volume focuses on northern shamanic divination, spirit idols and folklore covering the myths of the Manchu-Tungus, Manchu creation shrine tales and individual tribal myths. This mythic heritage helps identify shared patterns of thought among the ethnic peoples of northern China and indicates cultural integration with Buddhist, Daoist and Han Chinese cultures, embodying their understanding of the natural world, the creation of humankind, social life and history as well as their interaction with the surroundings. In this regard, shamanic spirituality in northern China is characterised by functionality and practicality in daily-life situations, in contrast to the received wisdom that defines shamanic praxis as a pure supernatural spirit journey.
The book will be of great value for scholars of religion and anthropologists and ethnologists in the fields of Shamanism studies, Northeast Asian folklore and Manchu studies.
Table of Contents
1. Introduction 2. Northern Shamanic Divination 3. The Northern Mythic Heritage 4. The Manchu Creation Myth War in Heaven 5. Tribal Myths and Ancestor Worship 6. Spirit Idols 7. The Northern Shaman
Fu Yuguang, a native Manchu scholar of shamanic and Manchu studies from the Jilin Institute for Ethnology, has been committed to ethnological and anthropological research on the myths, rituals, and cultures of Altaic peoples in northern China for over 50 years and published many influential works.