11 mai 2022 : Séminaire des Études mongoles & sibériennes – Aubervilliers, Campus Condorcet

Nous sommes heureux de vous convier à venir à la séance du séminaire des Études mongoles & sibériennes le 11 mai 2022 pour écouter Alevtina Solovyeva (Université de Tartu, Centre for Oriental Studies), pour une intervention intitulée : “Reawakening Spirits in Post-Socialist Mongolia: Vernacular Theories and Practices“, au Campus Condorcet, 14 cour des Humanités, 93322 Aubervilliers cedex., de 14h à 16h, en salle 5.067 (bâtiment de recherche nord).
Il sera également possible d’y accéder en ligne, sur inscription : isacharleux@orange.fr 


Significant roles in the ‘national revival’ and post-socialist Mongolian society were played by various categories of the supernatural and religious – the former socialist regime’s enemies and victims, suppressed and condemned for dozens of years to a hidden, ‘whispering’ form of existence. In the early 1990’s, the supernatural burst back into Mongolian culture, clearly demonstrating its superior vitality and taking its revenge on the ruined atheistic ideology. Traditional images and motifs of the supernatural occupied various realms and contexts, revealing their important social character: the diviny spirit (ongon) of Genghis Khan, the main patron of the nation (ulsyn ezen), supernatural lords of the state worshiped mountains and oboo (ulsyn takhildag uulyn ovoony ezen), local nature spirits (lus savdaggazaryn uulyn usny ezen), the lord of the fire, hearth (galyn khangolomtyn ezen), various demons, ghosts and restless souls (chötgör, büg, güidel, süns), etc.
They became symbols of the national revival and the new state ideology, expressions of collective memories and social relations, as well as of the sorrows of private life, the hopes and fears of post-socialist reconstruction and the present times challenges, demanding (and receiving) the attention of an increasing number of specialists in ritual concerns. This investigation tries to follow the clues and to reveal the grounds for vitality of some supernatural and religious concepts, the updates and new functions they carry on in contemporary Mongolia.

Au plaisir de vous retrouver nombreux,
I. Charleux, G. Delaplace & V. Vaté