The Mongolian Shamans’ Association

Passing on the Ancient Traditions

About Mongolian Shamanism:

Mongolian and southern Siberian shamanism originated in the time of Stone Age hunters and in the time of Bronze Age herdsmen, developing from this ancient culture into the spirituality of the Mongols today. The steppe dwelling peoples of Eurasia worship Eternal Heaven (Munkh Tenger) above and Mother Earth (Etugan) below, as well as the ancestral and nature spirits. The cosmology of Mongolian shamanism and its eight customary rituals is based on the view that besides the visible world the shaman interacts with many other worlds or universes, and that contacting the spirits is an imporant part of shamans’ work. Every day, month, and year shamans constantly do their work with poetic invocation, music, dance, and creative arts. Today northern Mongolian groups (Darkhad, Tsaatan, Hotgoit, and others), northeastern Mongols (Buryat and Hamnigan) and western Mongols (Urianhai) as well as some of the Halh Mongols still maintain the ancient shamanic traditions.

The Mongolian Shamans’ Association has a historic role in the continuation and revival of these traditions. After 70 years of repression of shamanism by Communism and intermittent persecution of shamans by Buddhist princes in the three centuries preceding Communist rule, shamans are now free to practice their craft and shamanism has been reviving dramatically since 1990. The Mongolian Shamans’ Association has the historic role of allowing networking among Mongolian shamans and is able to act on behalf of Mongolian shamans collectively in establishing contacts with the larger spiritual world community.

Association members at the Ulaan Tergel (Summer Solstice) ceremony in 1998
Sarangerel, Byambadorje, Prof. Dalai, and Suhbat