Mongolian Shamanism Analysis

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PhD RESEARCH PROPOSAL Title: An Analysis of Genghis Khan’s Influence in the Practice of Mongolian Shamanism from Modern Perception Candidate: Bilguun Bold Date: 2018 – 02 – 18 Email: bilguunomad@gmail.com Abstract This research proposal focuses on the social and historical influence of Genghis Khan within a cultural context, and the development of contemporary Mongolia. It analyses the development of shamanistic practices from the 13th century to the present while indicating Genghis Khan as an iconic figure into the framework of shamanism and Mongolian society. This proposal maintains that a comprehensive examination should be conducted on the meaning and influence of Genghis Khan in Mongolian shamanism, to better understand the social,…show more content…
This proposal examines the Khan[footnoteRef:1] in a new light by researching his influence on shamanism in Mongolia and the development of Mongolian cultural ideology. It recommends exploration of Genghis Khan as an iconic figure and shaman with emphasis on traditional shamanistic cosmology, its practices (rituals, ceremonies) and its development over time. That Mongolian shamanism has been examined by anthropologists is undoubtedly an understatement, however, very little academic research has been conducted on Genghis Khan’s role as an iconic historical figure linked into the pantheon of spirits in shamanism. Nor has Mongolia’s national founder’s shamanistic practices and impressions upon shamanism and the peoples of Mongolia been thoroughly examined. This is unlike western scholars’ attention to the practices of western societal leaders, politicians, and conquerors and their religious ideologies or affiliations, and their influences in social historical and cultural contexts. Examples include Constantine’s adoption of Christianity and its induction as Rome’s official religion, Alexander the Great’s prophecy as foretold by the Oracle of Delphi, Ivan the Terrible and his struggles with spiritualism and Russian Orthodoxy, and the Roman Catholicism of Napoleon Bonaparte. The shamanism of Genghis Khan and his ideological belief in freedom of religion separates him from the former rulers, and is interesting in that it provides further possibilities for research particularly in social anthropology with regard to understanding how practical belief systems and spiritual dimensions play a central part in the formation and ultimate success or failure of rulers and the ideologies of their people. Genghis Khan has in fact become a symbol in various capacities to the Mongolian people and his influence has
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