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On the Run in Siberia$
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Rane Willerslev

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780816676262

Published to Minnesota Scholarship Online: August 2015

DOI: 10.5749/minnesota/9780816676262.001.0001

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On the Run in Siberia

Rane Willerslev

University of Minnesota Press

In this chapter, the author reflects on the shamanism among the Yukaghirs of Siberia. In particular, he talks about the so-called Land of Shadows, a world that seems to be associated with the dead, where the soul goes after death. He cites the case of Igor Khan, the oldest living Yukaghir, who said he had fallen down into the Land of Shadows but was able to get out of it after two months. He also discusses the Yukaghirs’ belief in rebirth and reincarnation. Among the Yukaghirs, there are popular accounts of children aged two or three who claim to be able to remember events from their previous lives. In certain cases, these children provide exceedingly precise details such as names, places, decoration of houses, work, and cause of death—information that the child or its family could not possibly have known.

Keywords:   shamanism, Yukaghir, Siberia, Land of Shadows, dead, soul, Igor Khan, rebirth, reincarnation, children

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