"The republic of Buryatia is located in the heart of Siberia in the shadow of the Sayan mountains. Most of its territory is covered with crystal rivers, virgin forests and the verdant shores and limpid waters of Baikal, the world’s deepest freshwater lake. The beautiful landscapes leave visitors dazzled, but the local population, who know no other scenery, find inspiration in local spirits, prayers and rituals."
This is a great video from Sandra Ingerman where she talks about several important aspects of shamanism and being a shamanic practitioner. A quote: "I really do believe that it is a destiny to be on this path. It is not an easy path. It is the path of the wounded healer."
"In windswept Siberia, shamans have for generations cured illnesses without touching their patients, sung with their diaphragms and controlled the weather. Some can travel over long distances and even levitate, hovering above the birch trees. They regularly communicate with kind and evil spirits. One of them, Tyurgen, manages to balance shamanism with life in industrial Chelyabinsk. "