Bogoras - Living in the tundra
Type of Spiritual Experience
A description of the experience
Bogoras - The Chukchee
The young novice, the "newly inspired" (turene nitvillin), loses all interest in the ordinary affairs of life. He ceases to work, eats but little and without relishing his food, ceases to talk to people, and does not even answer their questions. The greater part of his time he spends in sleep.
This is why 'a wanderer . . . must be closely watched, otherwise he might lie down on the open tundra and sleep for three or four days, incurring the danger in winter of being buried in drifting snow. When coming to himself after such a long sleep, he imagines that he has been out for only a few hours, and generally is not conscious of having slept in the wilderness at all.
The source of the experienceSiberian shamanism
Concepts, symbols and science items
Activities and commonsteps
Loneliness and isolation