Shamanism is the traditional spiritual belief system in Mongolia. After Buddhism was introduced to the country in the 13th century, Shamanism took a backfoot in most parts of the country. However the practice continued to thrive in Northern Mongolia's Khovsgol Province. Shamanism is still practised among the Tsaatan Reindeer Herders of Northern Mongolia.
In this video, Danish anthropologist Benedikte Kristensen who has studied shamanism in Russain Tuva and among the Tsaatan in Northern Mongolia for over 10 years, attempts to share what is Shamanism and why the Tsaatan people like other ethnic groups in Northern Mongolia continue to hang on to this traditional belief system.
Though extremely camera shy and reluctant to be filmed for too long, Tsaatan community leader and practicing Shaman, Ganbat from the East Taiga also provides a few details on how and why an ovoo, a sacred shamanic shrine is built to honour the spirits of the land.
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