“Ata Zhol” In Kazakhstan: Spiritual Revival through Neo-Shamanism

  title={“Ata Zhol” In Kazakhstan: Spiritual Revival through Neo-Shamanism},
  author={A. Sarsambekova and Botbaybekova Saltanat Karibaevna and Sarsambekov Ermek Saparkalievich},
  journal={The Anthropologist},
  pages={462 - 467}
Abstract This paper explores “Ata Zhol,” a spiritual trend. Shamans (sunkars and akkus) have been mediators between disappointed spirits (aruaks) and people. They have given a blessing (bata) from a spirit to a person, have healed and brought people to sacred places. Sufis established a tradition of going on trips to sacred places. While Sufis were spreading Islam, they accepted ancestor worship of nomads, although Arabian Islam denies ancestor worship. Thus, shamans have been involved in the… Expand

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