Alcohol as a Unifying Force in the Shamanic Community: Nanai Case Study

  • Tatyana Bulgakova Herzen State Pedagogical University of Russia

Abstract

The issue raised in the present article is shamanists’ ideas about why there should be unity in drinking in the shamanic community. In the framework of the shamanic worldview, each act of drinking, not only ritual acts but also everyday acts, can comprise the features of worshipping the spirits and making an offering to them. Hence there is the need to make an offering during any domestic drinking, and an obligation to share the drink with everyone present. From the shamanic perspective, by rejecting alcohol a person demonstrates a refusal to subordinate him or herself to the spirits, which can cause problems.
Published
2018-12-20
How to Cite
BULGAKOVA, Tatyana. Alcohol as a Unifying Force in the Shamanic Community: Nanai Case Study. Journal of Ethnology and Folkloristics, [S.l.], v. 12, n. 2, p. 65–77, dec. 2018. ISSN 2228-0987. Available at: <http://www.jef.ee/index.php/journal/article/view/227>. Date accessed: 03 apr. 2020. doi: https://doi.org/10.2478/jef-2018-0011.
Section
Articles

Keywords

Nanai culture; shamanism; alcohol in ritual praxis; offering