Seminar – 24 January – Baasanjav Terbish

January 17th, 2017 by

Tuesday 24 January 2017

4.30–6.00 Mond Building Seminar Room

Baasanjav Terbish

University of Cambridge

Folk Healers in Kalmykia, South-West Russia

The presentation is about folk healers and their eclectic healing practices in Kalmykia. The presenter will describe and try to explain why folk healers, whose healing practices are based on Buddhism and folk beliefs, are prone to absorb modern theologies, ideas, and rituals no matter how strange and alien they may seem. Folk healers purport to derive their healing powers from deities or spirits whom they accept as their guardian patrons during special initiation rituals. In this sense they are spiritual healers too, whose repertoire is wide-ranging, encompassing many aspects of the lives of Kalmyks. People struck by bad luck, suffering from all sorts of ailments, loss, addiction, phobias, infertility, sleepwalking, and those haunted by malevolent spirits all come to see them.