Subject: Resend: Speaker Series - May 26th 5:30 PM, Natsagdorj library

ACMS Speaker Series
Darkhad Shamanism, Its Rituals and Traditional Culture
Speaker: Chinbat Chuluun

5:30 PM, Tuesday - May 26th, 2015, American Corner, Ulaanbaatar public library

In this presentation, Mr. Chinbat Chuluun will discuss two main topics. The first concerns the purity of Darkhad shamanism, the rituals, cosmology and culture of which remained uninfluenced by Manchurian rule and Soviet socialism largely due to geographic isolation. Mr. Chinbat Chuluun will argue that an ancient form of shamanism was preserved by Darkhad shamans and is still practiced today. This can also be seen in the culture of Darkhad people as they respect and connect with nature, conduct fire worship ceremonies, and regularly pray to sun, moon, and blue sky.
Secondly, Mr. Chinbat Chuluun will discuss the re-emergence of shamanism post 1990, including the benefits and challenges this offers to Mongolian people. Although the current democratic society provides Mongolians the opportunity to learn about, practice and preserve shamanism as their own cultural heritage, some practitioners are not only changing the customs and cosmology, but abusing people’s faith and monetarily profiting from their suffering.

This presentation will be held in Mongolian with an English-speaking interpreter.
About the Presenter

  About the Speaker: Chinbat Chuluun

Mr. Chinbat Chuluun, a Darkhad shaman, was born as the third son of Mr. Chuluun from the Ulaan Khuular tribe in the territory of Ulaan-Uul soum, Khuvsgul Province. He studied at the Trade and Economy College as an economist, then graduated from the Art Institute as a painter and craftsman, after which he graduated from the Chinggis Khan institute as a history researcher and politician. Chinbat was initiated as a Darkhad shaman in 1980, with ancestor spirits from both his mother and father’s lineages.
Mr. Chinbat has been an active figure in the representation and education of Darkhad shamanism on both national and international scales. Since 1990 he has written several research papers and played a main role in the establishment of “Golomt” center as the first Mongolian shamanism center. In 1996, he founded the Darkhad Shamanism Study Center, which focuses on preserving shamanism as Mongolians’ cultural heritage. Since then he has been involved in countless worship ceremonies, national and international conferences, educational workshops, as well as his ongoing profession as an artist and blacksmith.

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Thank you to the American Corner and the Natsagdorj Library for sponsoring this event.


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