LINEAGE

The lineage of Ulchi classical shamanism originates from various ancestral family groups.  Their framework is founded in the philosophy of the Doro, a form of archaic Taoism.  The practice is elucidated through oral histories dating back to the Neolithic period of human habitation along the Amur River region and the prehistoric maritime cultures of the Okhotsk Sea.

THE IMPORTANCE OF LINEAGE

Establishes the authenticity and authority of the teaching which traces the ancient practice to a living culture.

Preservation of teachings and techniques so that alterations do not jeopardize the results.

Having an unambiguous structure allows students to progress more quickly without confusion, rigid confinement, or discouragement.

Lineage is created over hundreds of generations by people who share the same language within a specific cultural context.

Even if a teacher does have authority to teach a tradition it is still important to question their personal history, their previous experiences and any other credentials.

Grandmother Tika Valdu Anga

Born 1915, Mongol village
Died 1998, Bulava village

Grandmother Tika Anga was one of the most powerful shamans of the Ulchi people. She was a seventh generation shaman. Tika’s personal shamanic path began at the age of eighteen years of age.

Grandmother Tika’s story of becoming a shaman talks of the hereditary path. Having received the call while still in her teens was a difficult experience. Having a father who was a sixth generation shaman was fortunate. He instructed her during this time, this tutelage being invaluable. Her father took care to help initiate her by performing special rituals, even instructing her from the dream worlds while still alive.

Grandmother Tika’s story of becoming a shaman talks of the hereditary path. Having received the call while still in her teens was a difficult experience. Having a father who was a sixth generation shaman was fortunate. He instructed her during this time, this tutelage being invaluable. Her father took care to help initiate her by performing special rituals, even instructing her from the dream worlds while still alive.

Grandmother Tika’s story of becoming a shaman talks of the hereditary path. Having received the call while still in her teens was a difficult experience. Having a father who was a sixth generation shaman was fortunate. He instructed her during this time, this tutelage being invaluable. Her father took care to help initiate her by performing special rituals, even instructing her from the dream worlds while still alive.

Grandmother Tika’s story of becoming a shaman talks of the hereditary path. Having received the call while still in her teens was a difficult experience. Having a father who was a sixth generation shaman was fortunate. He instructed her during this time, this tutelage being invaluable. Her father took care to help initiate her by performing special rituals, even instructing her from the dream worlds while still alive.

Grandmother Tika’s story of becoming a shaman talks of the hereditary path. Having received the call while still in her teens was a difficult experience. Having a father who was a sixth generation shaman was fortunate. He instructed her during this time, this tutelage being invaluable. Her father took care to help initiate her by performing special rituals, even instructing her from the dream worlds while still alive.

A Memory of Grandmother Nadia Duvan, from Spirits from the Edge of the World, page 186
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