Unformatted text preview: The Soviet persecution of these Siberian shamans at some point almost eliminated them completely. This section of the book continues with discussing various dream interpretation and the sacrificial rituals performed at the graves’ of their fallen comrades. I had no idea that these Reindeer People were so in tuned with their spiritual sides and that they relied so much on the world around them not only for survival but for spiritual guidance as well. I found it surprising however that there was no all knowing and all powerful deity as their usually is amongst so many cultures and religions. The main deity takes a “backseat” to nature, which I guess makes sense as they are a nomadic people. I found it refreshing to explore a different kind of religion that I honestly knew nothing about previously....
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- Spring '08
- Cultural Anthropology, Reindeer People