Baksylyk: A Muslim Declination of Shamanism

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Baksylyk: A Muslim Declination of Shamanism

Type: Article / Letter to editor
Title: Baksylyk: A Muslim Declination of Shamanism
Author: Garrone, P.
Journal Title: ISIM Newsletter
Issue: 1
Volume: 4
Start Page: 15
End Page: 15
Pages: 1
Publisher: ISIM, Leiden
Issue Date: 1999
Keywords: Shamanism
Abstract: It was in Central Asia that the shamanism of the Turko-Mongolians and the Islam of the Arabo-Persians were to meet. This zone is bordered by the Caspian Sea, Afghan Turkestan to the south, Hindu Kouch, the Pamirs, the Tian Chan and Altai to the east, and southern Siberia to the north. Today, several states, in part or in whole, are found in this quadrilateral: Uzbekistan, Turkmenistan, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tadjikistan and Afghanistan. The ancestral shamanism of the Central Asians had to, after the Muslim take-over (8th century), progressively compromise with Islam. The result was an Islamized shamanism generally known as baksylyk.

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