Mongolia Travel: Find your Spirit Guide

On our Mongolia travel through the vastness of the isolated plains hiding the hidden bones of dinosaurs we get prepared to be amazed. The scorched faced young children riding wild horses bareback, the mountains silhouetted against a gleaming sky, the Ger huts with their single wisp of smoke rising from the chimney and the rattle of trains passing in the night. These are all the symbols of Mongolia; strange, otherworldly, lost and remote yet ripe in its ancient traditions. This is a place where the calls of reindeer herders shatters the calm, where circus bears still wear skirts and dance on hind legs and where the mystic of the shaman runs as deep as the still waters in the Gobi lakes.

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It’s easy to spend your hours in Mongolia riding trains, galloping on the back of wild stallions, slipping into monasteries and frolicking in the fields with the local children. It’s easy to be coerced to see the contortionists in the city, to be awed by the divine mysteries of throat singing and to taste clotted yak cheese on warm fire-baked bread. Yet seeking the Shaman is another matter and once that gives you a true cultural awakening that you never imagined possible.

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The shaman route cuts across the country, often leading you through the doors of the traditional tents where a boy or a man awaits dressed in wolf skins and eagle skulls. Some of them fall around the room, possessed by something from another plain, others dance with a rattle and many sit and smoke long cigarettes. Many babble and talk in tongues, eyes rolling back in their head, some grasp strands of the future to pass on to you with infinite wisdom and others stub hot pokers out on their tongue.

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On the journey soothsayers read your life in stones, sacred chants echo from the mountains and the door is opened to glimpse a very different world. Finding your spirit guide in Mongolia is a step in another direction but something that will shake the foundations on which you stand and give you a rare glimpse into a different art, often lost in the Western world.

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Jodie Oakes

Jodie Oakes

Jodie Oakes is a seasoned writer and an avid surfer with continuously itchy feet and a love of the finer things in life. After traveling through the continent with a touring band, living in Paris, Amsterdam and under the Auroras Borealis, she is now in Bulgaria where she attempts to piece together her first poetry collection.
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