The Movement for Reconstructing Identity through Shamanism: A Case Study of the Aga–Buryats in Postsocialist Mongolia

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Abstract

This paper focuses on the Aga–Buryats of Dornod province, a Mongol minority group in post-socialist Mongolia, and examines the role shamanism played in reconstructing their ethnic identity throughout their cultural revival movement. The paper stresses the socio-psychological aspects: their identity crisis after the collapse of the socialist regime and the role played by shamanism in dealing with this crisis and in reconstructing the Aga–Buryat ethnic identity.

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