• The indigenous religious system of most Central Asian nomadic peoples, including the Mongols.
  • Polytheistic religious system that recognizes and worships many different gods.
  • However, shamanistic societies don’t have such well-developed cults around their gods (meaning they don’t usually build great temples, and don’t have elaborate rituals or professional priesthood that administers those cults.)
  • Instead, religious authority in shamanistic societies lie in the Shamans.
  • A shaman is a person who is believed to have special access to supernatural powers and the gods, and that they can use this power to either benefit or harm the community and/or individuals. They aren’t political figures, but sometimes they can come to be very influential figures in tribes or nomadic communities.
  • Mongols were originally Shamans, and shamanism remained an important influence on Mongol people throughout the history of their empire.
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