Buryat Shamanic Purification
This form of purification (Buryat: ugaalga) is an essential part of every initiation ritual (shanar). Candidates have to be purified by the steam of boiled thyme. This video was recorded in Mongolia (Khentii province Cenkhermandal district) in the summer of 2005. The shamaness and the entranced shaman (husband and wife) are the masters leading the ritual.