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Riding Windhorses: A Journey into the Heart of Mongolian Shamanism [Kindle Edition]

Sarangerel
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The first book written about Mongolian and Siberian shamanism by a shaman trained in that tradition.


• A thorough introduction to Mongolian and Siberian shamanic beliefs and practices, which, until the collapse of the Soviet Union, were banned from being practiced.


• Includes rituals for healing and divination techniques.


In traditional Mongolian-Buryat culture, shamans play an important role maintaining the tegsh, the "balance" of the community. They counsel a path of moderation in one's actions and reverence for the natural world, which they view as mother to humanity. Mongolians believe that if natural resources are taken without thanking the spirits for what they have given, those resources will not be replaced. Unlike many other cultures whose shamanic traditions were undermined by modern civilization, shamans in the remote areas of southern Siberia and Mongolia are still the guardians of the environment, the community, and the natural order. 

Riding Windhorses is the first book written on Mongolian and Siberian shamanism by a shaman trained in that tradition. A thorough introduction to Mongolian/Siberian shamanic beliefs and practices, it includes working knowledge of the basic rituals and various healing and divination techniques. Many of the rituals and beliefs described here have never been published and are the direct teachings of the author's own shaman mentors.



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Fascinating reading. An interesting book that gives a good introduction to this fascinating and important shamanic tradition. -- Sacred Hoop

It is an informed and down-to-earth introduction to the shamans' earth-centered religion. -- Publishers Weekly, May 15, 2000

Sarangerel presents a complete guide to Siberian and Mongolian shamanism. An accessible, comprehensive, and important introduction to Mongolian and Siberian shamanic traditions. -- Dennis William Hauck, New Age Retailer

There is a feeling in this book of seriousness, of experience . . . -- Widdershins, Cup of Wonder Magazine

Undoubtedly one of the best books on contemporary shamanism in print today. -- NorthwindVisions.com

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1001 KB
  • Print Length: 221 pages
  • Publisher: Destiny Books (23 April 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B007WSD8WK
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #150,864 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars In depth but easily understood 10 July 2009
Format:Paperback
Riding Windhorses gives us a unique view into the beliefs, Deities, history and methods of Mongolian Shamanism. Sarangarel, who sadly passed away in Feb 2006, was a tireless amabasador for Mongolian Shamanism, teaching and opening up this ancient healing system to de-mystify it and make it more available to all. This book shows her committment to that goal and manages, through plain English, to both retain the Mongolian names and meanings whilst offering an easy understanding of the how's and why's.

More of a reference book than bedtime reading, as a student of shamanism, indigenous cultures, spirituality or religious practice, this book offers accurate, first hand knowledge by someone who actually lived and fully understood what she wrote about.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars book review 8 May 2009
Format:Paperback
This is an informative book providing a good insight into Mongolian and Siberian shamanism and aspects of life. I found it heavy going in parts as it is full of facts and Mongolian terms are used, although initially explained, I find I need to keep looking them up. I wouldn't descibe this as bed time reading! but definitely worth reading if you have a genuine interest in this subject.
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5.0 out of 5 stars very nice book 28 Mar. 2013
By Neo
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If you are interested to understand a bit more of different traditions and rituals....its a real good book!Could had some more illustrative pics!
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46 of 46 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A fantastic, enlightening book 3 May 2000
By Christine (Thena) McArthur - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
This is a wonderful book for anyone interested in Shamanism. Sarangerel's book is neither a hollow academic essay nor a self serving autobiography. Riding Windhorses is a practical introduction to Mongolian/Siberian shamanic culture, and a hands-on manual for bringing very ancient practices into modern life. It is written in a comfortable and logical style, which makes it quite useful for anyone of any background. This book also serves an important role by presenting shamanism from a cultural perspective not yet given: today's bookstores are filled with terrific N. and S. American shamanism books. Now, the culture that gave us the word 'Shaman' is being represented, and represented very well.
5.0 out of 5 stars There is no better source available this days about ancient shamanism 15 Aug. 2014
By Eva Marcela Chavez Flores Saiffe - Published on Amazon.com
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Sarangerel was a very devoted researcher and practitioner. There is no better source available this days about ancient shamanism, via Mongolian and Siberian traditions. Focusing more in the Mongolian heritage, very coherent with her ancestors, Sarangerel delivers great wisdom in a simple and warm way. I got this book earlier in russian on a free format, and even having read it with translations, but there is no comparison to the english book. This material is crucial for any serious student of shamanism, and a must read. Blessings to Sarangerel, wherever she might be. I'm really grateful tor receiving her message in the most -not so- odd ways many times. I'm glad I could finally get this book for kindle. In a way, she has been teaching and guiding me from the other side. Thanks, thanks, thanks.
10 of 15 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Not Bad... 16 Mar. 2002
By Joseph Fatula - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
The book covers modern Mongol shamanism to a reasonable degree, but leaving some areas not covered. At first I thought the book was simply deficient in spots, but I think perhaps it is Mongol shamanism that is deficient. What I would like to see is a book on how their shamanism was BEFORE the Russians and Chinese tore their country to pieces and forcibly converted so many of them. Perhaps such knowledge is lost to history.
3.0 out of 5 stars A good intro 10 Nov. 2013
By Ginger M. - Published on Amazon.com
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Book has some great introductory information. I was looking for more in depth info, however her sources are great for really specific anthropological studies.
1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Eye Opening Great Read 4 July 2013
By Ariel Valerie - Published on Amazon.com
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There is definitely info here I haven't been able to find elsewhere and after 10 plus books I did find some details I was looking for in this book. For me, this one is at the top of my stacks of research. The details are not lacking and we follow the author on her own journey and the author also provides other sources and references to check for more details....a real keeper....so glad I found this one.
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