Amalia Rubin is creating With Feet Over My Head: The Revival of Shamanism in Ulaanbaatar
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"With Feet Over My Head: The Revival of Shamanism in Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia" [Working Title] A book of memoirs and commentaries on shamanism in 21st century Urban Mongolia.

Since 2013, I have been conducting research on the revival of Böö Mörgöl (Mongolian Shamanism) in Ulaanbaatar, the capital of Mongolia.  After completing my Masters at the University of Washington, I moved to Mongolia in September 2015 and now live here permanently working, studying Mongolian, and conducting my research.

My goal is to write a collaborative book with the shamans.  Half will be their own memoirs in their own words about what life is like as a shaman in a capital city.  Half will then be my own research which will help put their words into the greater context of Mongolian indigenous religion, culture, Mongolia's rapid globalization, and modern life.  It has taken years to build the trust and rapport to be allowed to record the shamans words, images, and videos, attend ceremonies and even help during rituals. I feel truly fortunate and humbled that they trust me to convey their words to the international audience.

I'm asking for your support.  I work full time as a school teacher, and attend ceremonies during my weekends, afternoons, and evenings.  It's not uncommon for me to be at a ceremony taking notes and also correcting homeworks at the same time.  All costs come from my own pocket. These include transport to and from ceremonies, ritual offerings, gifts of hospitality, and Mongolian language lessons.  

Your support will help make this project a reality.  I will be able to privately share progress through this platform (something I cannot do publicly without risking losing the interest of publishers), and your patronage will allow me to devote more time and energy to this project.
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Pledge $1 or more per month
You're officially a patron and you have my deep gratitude . Also, you'll have access to my patron-only feed for blog posts and picture updates along the way.
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Want to weigh in on my work? Your comments on my posts may become part of the book. Your questions and ideas may direct the next chapter!
Pledge $5 or more per month
You get the say! When I've got a question, you'll be one of the few that can answer through polls, plus all previous rewards.
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Exclusive Video and Photo Access!!! While Some videos and photos will be posted for all patrons, certain more exclusive photos and videos will only be available to you!
"With Feet Over My Head: The Revival of Shamanism in Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia" [Working Title] A book of memoirs and commentaries on shamanism in 21st century Urban Mongolia.

Since 2013, I have been conducting research on the revival of Böö Mörgöl (Mongolian Shamanism) in Ulaanbaatar, the capital of Mongolia.  After completing my Masters at the University of Washington, I moved to Mongolia in September 2015 and now live here permanently working, studying Mongolian, and conducting my research.

My goal is to write a collaborative book with the shamans.  Half will be their own memoirs in their own words about what life is like as a shaman in a capital city.  Half will then be my own research which will help put their words into the greater context of Mongolian indigenous religion, culture, Mongolia's rapid globalization, and modern life.  It has taken years to build the trust and rapport to be allowed to record the shamans words, images, and videos, attend ceremonies and even help during rituals. I feel truly fortunate and humbled that they trust me to convey their words to the international audience.

I'm asking for your support.  I work full time as a school teacher, and attend ceremonies during my weekends, afternoons, and evenings.  It's not uncommon for me to be at a ceremony taking notes and also correcting homeworks at the same time.  All costs come from my own pocket. These include transport to and from ceremonies, ritual offerings, gifts of hospitality, and Mongolian language lessons.  

Your support will help make this project a reality.  I will be able to privately share progress through this platform (something I cannot do publicly without risking losing the interest of publishers), and your patronage will allow me to devote more time and energy to this project.

Recent posts by Amalia Rubin

Tiers
Pledge $1 or more per month
You're officially a patron and you have my deep gratitude . Also, you'll have access to my patron-only feed for blog posts and picture updates along the way.
Pledge $3 or more per month
Want to weigh in on my work? Your comments on my posts may become part of the book. Your questions and ideas may direct the next chapter!
Pledge $5 or more per month
You get the say! When I've got a question, you'll be one of the few that can answer through polls, plus all previous rewards.
Pledge $10 or more per month
Exclusive Video and Photo Access!!! While Some videos and photos will be posted for all patrons, certain more exclusive photos and videos will only be available to you!