‘Spiritual Wisdom from the Altai Mountains, Altai Bilik’ by Nikolai A. Shodoev, translated by Joanna Dobson and produced for publication as a project of the Altai Pilgrim Friendship Circle
“The Altai bilik reveals a profound relationship to life, a deep understanding of natural energies and rhythms and a keen feeling for the dramatic contradictions of our time.” N.A.Shodoev
Nikolai Shodoev is an Altai elder who has a small museum to the Altai spiritual culture. His book includes a brief overview of religion in the Altai, a description of the Altai cosmology and short chapters on the ‘soul’, ‘cycles’, ‘Love & Harmony’.
Spiritual Wisdom from the Altai Mountains’ by indigenous elder N.Shodoev employs a linguistic approach to describing ‘bilik’, the Altai world view. The bilik reveals a profound relationship to life, a deep understanding of natural energies and rhythms and a keen feeling for the dramatic contradictions of our time. Shodoev touches on the religions of Altai history including tengrism, shamanism and the twentieth century development from shamanism to White Faith
Drawing on ancient symbols, oral and shamanic text, legend and prophecy, Shodoev gives an introduction to Altai cosmology, the soul, individual, spiritual development, harmony between man and nature and the imminent evolutionary shift from the yellow to the white era.
Shodoev tells us that the Altai bilik is dynamic and evolving. He makes the Altai worldview accessible beyond linguistic and cultural borders. This intimate book will intrigue those interested in sacred ecology and the contemporary search for sustainable development values. It will also inspire anthropologists and healers alike interested in traditional belief systems based on the laws of nature.
In 1986 Shodoev opened the Museum to the Altai Spiritual Culture. Shodoev is the authour of three fictional works inspired by motifs from Altai legend and more than ninety articles on Altai spirituality. The Altai people say that Shodoev carries “Sudurom”, instinctive knowledge of the legendary book of Altai wisdom referred to in ancient epic tales.