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Our land weeps

From the article by Dr. Eugene Helimski

Submitted by
Yuri Klitsenko, Russia

The shaman describes his transcendental journey which results in a talk with Num Waesako (the upper celestial god) himself (usually the shamans are believed to deal with lower ranked deities) and in addressing the most existential issues of Nenets national life and ecology (usually the aim of the journey is healing a patient or solving some other particular problem).

The answer of the upper god sounds:

“The bad life came from behind the black mountains (= the Urals),
The people have forgotten the former life,
Our land weeps over misled heads,
And the wild reindeers flee to another land.
Your life is in your own hands.
The people must keep faithfully the former life.“

Yuri Klitsenko is a Russian living in Moscow.  He works for the Russian Orthodox Church.

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