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.
The book discusses the spiritual world of northern Shamanism and investigates the various shamanic rituals, divination, spirit idols and myths, illuminating how worship and ideas are imbedded in and interweave with the indigenous environment, culture and history of people in northern China. This mythic heritage embodies the peoples' understanding of the natural world, the creation of humankind, social life and history as well as their interaction with their surroundings. It is shown that 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 as well as ethnologists in the fields of Shamanism studies, Northeast Asian folklore and Manchu studies.
Table of Contents
1. Introduction 2. The Spirit World of Northern Shamanism 3. Nature Worship 4. Ancestor and Fertility Worship 5. Blood Sacrifice and Fire Rituals 6. Rituals for Nature Deities 7. Introduction 8.Tangse and Jia Rituals 9. Northern Shamanic Divination 10. The Northern Mythic Heritage 11. The Manchu Creation Myth War in Heaven 12. Tribal Myths and Ancestor Worship 13. Spirit Idols 14. 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.