Faith

Religion and faith have always played major roles in forming social identities. Shared beliefs but also participating in shared rituals and customs help individuals see themselves as connected to others and as part of a larger whole. Religion and faith are also important in creating “others,” or groups considered outside and separate from a culture, which can be of particular importance with multiple cultures are present within a single state.

Tengeri Shaman Center in Irkutsk

Shamanism is the common name for the traditional religions of a number of native Siberian peoples; the word describes a system of beliefs in which a large number of spirits, gods, and ancestors affect daily life on earth and can be called upon and influence by specially gifted individuals called shamans. While groups such as […]

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