Beyond Curses: In the midts of turbulent Kyzyl

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Instead of merely recapitulating the main chapter findings, the conclusion expands dynamically on the themes of curses and shamanism by focusing on wider sociocultural processes and shifts occurring in post-Soviet Kyzyl. In short, it highlights how the way people experience and describe post-Soviet life in Kyzyl is similar to the way people who have been cursed describe and experience this phenomenon, suggesting that day-to-day life in Kyzyl could be compared to living a curse. In fact, by emphasising the role of turbulence and uncertainty associated with cursing, the chapter focuses on different representations of daily challenges, such as the dynamics between individual shamans and collective shamanic societies, different forms of affliction (alcoholism, HIV, depression), use of technology (internet, social media) and the environmental crises.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationShamanism in Siberia
Subtitle of host publicationSound and Turbulence in Cursing Practices in Tuva
EditorsMally Stelmaszyk
Place of PublicationLondon
Number of pages19
ISBN (Electronic)9781003245391
ISBN (Print)9781032156996
Publication statusPublished - 1 Apr 2022

Publication series

NameRoutledge Contemporary Russia and Eastern Europe Series


  • shamanism
  • siberia
  • sound
  • curses
  • post-socialism
  • post-Soviet


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